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Police intercept the drugs heading for Boardmasters

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:41am 10th August 2018. (Updated at 7:44am 10th August 2018)

Police officers from Cornwall have been stationed at a train station in London, to intercept drugs heading for Boardmasters.

Our force has deployed four officers from the Duchy to Paddington, in a bid to crack down on dealers.

They are helping British Transport Police, monitoring festival-goers getting onto the special trains to Newquay.

More officers, accompanied by a drugs dog, met festival goers as they arrived at Newquay train station as part of Operation Brunel.

"Sadly, all festivals attract some organised criminality. Last year we arrested 22 drug dealers at the event and again this year, we aim to prevent drug dealers, thieves and pick pockets reaching the event by positioning officers at railway stations and on the road network into the festival site.

"We also target drivers without licence, insurance and un-roadworthy vehicles. Together, this ensures that ordinary festival goers can enjoy a safe festival".

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith

What happened during the first operations?

Initial results from operations on Wednesday saw one person arrested for drug-driving and five arrested or processed for the possession of drugs.

One wanted male was also arrested, five cars were seized and 50 traffic offences recorded, including dealing with one red diesel user.

What is Operation Allied Wolf?

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Some of the results from last year's Operation Allied Wolf, to target criminal activity at Boardmasters

Operation Allied Wolf is a joint operation between Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance officers.

It involved members of the No Excuse road safety and policing teams and roads policing, road crime unit, professional development unit and armed response vehicle (ARV) officers.

Police worked with partner organisations including the Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The use of Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology in marked and unmarked vehicles and in static locations allowed officers to identify criminals who were making their way to the area.

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Police stationed at a service station off the A30 during Operation Allied Wolf, to target criminal activity at Boardmasters

Police also targeted the fatal five causes of fatal and serious injury collisions.

These are drink and drug driving; using mobile devices handheld while behind the wheel; excessive speed, not wearing a seatbelt and careless and inconsiderate driving.

Drug "sniffer" dogs and roadside testing with alcolmeters and drug swabs were available to police throughout the operation.

The operation took place in the Newquay area and provided an immediate response to Automated Number Plate Recognitions (ANPR) activations from static and mobile cameras, as well as proactive patrols, to help minimise crime and traffic related incidents in the area.

Read more about Operation Allied Wolf or watch the police crackdown in action...

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