Four men arrested over alleged drugs offences at Shambala festival

Library picture of Shambala Festival
Library picture of Shambala Festival

Four people have been arrested by police for drugs offences allegedly committed at the Shambala Festival.

The Northamptonshire force has confirmed that three men aged in their twenties and one man in his thirties were arrested at the Bank Holiday Weekend event, which took place at Kelmarsh Hall.

A police spokeswoman would not say exactly what they were suspected of, however it is understood the alleged offences related to possession of illegal drugs.

It comes after four festival-goers were hospitalised after taking drugs at Shambala during the festival. They were in a critical condition, but the festival organisers have since claimed they have now been discharged.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said: “We arrested four men who have now been released on police bail.

“However, we are not linking the arrests to the people who were treated in hospital.

“We want to stress that Shambala festival security worked very closely with officers during the event.”

After the people were hospitalised, organisers issued the following statement:

“We have never experienced anything like this in the 15 years of Shambala. Your welfare is our top priority so please take extreme care and if you feel unwell let a steward know or visit the medical centre immediately.

“Due to patient confidentiality we are not in a position to release any details about the people who are in hospital. They are in a critical condition but it is hoped they will make a full recovery. Their next of kin have been notified.”