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Dumfries police prepare for Youth Beatz festival

Youth Beatz crowd
Image caption Police said the festival had proved a "major attraction" and was a welcome event

Police have praised a "well-run" free music festival in Dumfries in the run-up to this year's event.

Youth Beatz, which is in its third year, takes place at the town's Dock Park on 13 August, with a crowd of more than 10,000 people expected.

Ch Insp Alan Glendinning said police were involved in a "partnership" to prepare for the event.

However, he said it was "very well-run and very enjoyable" in the past and he expected the same this year.

This year's festival is headlined by Chipmunk, with other acts including Basshunter and former X Factor participant Wagner also taking part.

Mr Glendinning said it was a "huge attraction" for young people which police welcomed.

"It means they have got some alternative to hanging about the streets, potentially becoming involved in under-age drinking or antisocial behaviour," he said.

"I know that is only a minority but I think the evidence was clear that those attending this event knew the conditions and knew they weren't allowed alcohol.

"To be honest, it was a very well-run and very enjoyable event."

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