Police called out to music festival

  • Jul. 14, 2004 8:00 p.m.

By Heidi Bevington-Police were called to deal with some underage drinking and fights that broke out Friday evening at this year’s music festival in Tlell.
“Usually one or two files are generated at an event of this size, but this year we will have eight to ten files,” said Sgt. Eric Stubbs of the Queen Charlotte deatchment.
Charges will be laid in a couple of incidents. A young man left the festival and went to Beitush Road where he tried to break into the Tlell River House. He was interrupted and fled, then broke into a cabin further down the road. The owner of the cabin found a man asleep in her bed when she returned after running the marathon Saturday morning. When she woke him, he apologized and left. Sgt. Stubbs said police dealt with the suspect and charges will be laid in both incidents.
Festival organizer Elizabeth Inkster said somebody was providing kids with alcohol, which led to some incidents Friday night, but by Saturday organizers and police were cooperating to improve the situation.
Festival organizers are committed to having a drug and alcohol-free family event, said Ms Inkster, and next year adult and police presence will be higher to prevent alcohol-related incidents. More volunteers would be a big help, she said.
Police intend to help festival organizers by being more involved with security at the festival next year, Sgt. Stubbs said.