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Gatecrashers keep police busy at Groovin the Moo

Drugs, drinking and up to 1000 people scaling security fences kept police busy at the Groovin the Moo music festival held at the University of Canberra on Sunday.

ACT police arrested one man for drug-related offences and five more people will be summonsed after officers attended the sold out event, which had 15,000 people go through the gates.

Another man was taken into protective custody for intoxication and three young people were apprehended for underage drinking. Officers also seized a small quantity of drugs, suspected to be or LSD and ecstasy.

Police were also concerned about the significant number of people who entered the festival by scaling the perimeter security fencing, Operation Commander for the event Sergeant Mark Steel said.

“There were hundreds of people, possibly up to 1000, who entered the festival by scaling the fence,” Sergeant Steel said.

“Aside from the fact that they were trespassing on a private event, they avoided the security screening process and may have been bringing in any amount of contraband material. Trespassers also add to crowd numbers, which can have safety implications as the venue reaches its capacity.”

The 2012 event had three people taken into protective custody and eight young people apprehended for underage drinking.