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Wickerman Festival: Police praise public behaviour

Burning wicker man Image copyright Wickerman Festival
Image caption Police said the majority of people at the festival had heeded their plea to be of good behaviour

Police have praised the "sensible attitude and good behaviour" of the majority of people at the Wickerman Festival in southern Scotland.

Illegal drugs worth about £3,000 were seized and a small number of people were reported for drug offences.

Police Scotland had issued repeated appeals to music fans to be of good behaviour at the event near Dundrennan.

Ch Insp Irvine Watson thanked the public for their co-operation with officers over the weekend.

"We have developed good working relationships with the organisers over the years and this experience helped towards a professionally-run event," he said.

"I would also acknowledge the excellent standard of the security and stewards who assisted us over the weekend.

"Our policing operation ran smoothly and this is down in no small part to the engagement of local officers with the festival-goers and the sensible attitude and good behaviour of the majority who attended."

He said there had been a "general good-natured feel to the whole weekend".

"The low numbers of arrests is a credit to those who came along to the festival," he added.

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