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12/07/13 15:50

T in the Park

Justice Secretary meets police and festival organisers.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has visited T in the Park to hear how police and organisers are ensuring festival-goers have a safe and enjoyable experience.

He met with Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson, the police strategic lead for the festival, officers on the ground at the event and Geoff Ellis from DF Concerts and was briefed on the behind the scenes operation to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Mr MacAskill said:

“T in the Park a major event in the music calendar, attracting many tourists and putting Scotland on the world stage every year.

“Thousands of people travel from near and far to attend the festival, and the vast majority of revellers are well behaved and have a great time. Behind the scenes organisers are working tirelessly to ensure the event is an enjoyable experience.

“This year police and the NHS have issued warnings about a tablets being sold as ‘ecstasy’ which contain dangerous chemicals. I would encourage everyone to heed these warnings and enjoy a safe festival.

“T In the Park has been successfully policed in Balado since 1997 and many of the 200 or so officers here have been helping to ensure the smooth running of the event for many years.

“The festival is continuing to benefit from this valuable local knowledge and expertise which has been carried over to Police Scotland following the creation of the single service.”