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Elgin Town Hall praises police for drug arrests


By Alistair Whitfield


ELGIN Town Hall has rejected claims that the six arrests for drugs possession last weekend were an “embarrassment”.

Two women and four men aged between 18 and 37 were charged at the Decoded dance night on Saturday night.

In the wake of the arrests, a spokeswoman for the town hall has underlined the fact that the venue is a completely drug-free zone

She said: “Elgin Town Hall for the Community Ltd would like to thank all those who were involved in making last Saturday’s event a success.

“Our vision is to create a sustainable, professional, community-led, cultural hub that is highly regarded by the community. Saturday’s arrests, rather than being an embarrassment, should send a message that drug use will not be tolerated.

“It is disappointing to see a small number of individuals working against what we are trying to achieve, but thank you to all those of you who have left comments supporting us on the Facebook page.”

Police used sniffer dogs at the event which was
attended by 300 people and enquiries are continuing after items suspected to be controlled drugs were removed from four other individuals.

Donnie Squair, the town hall’s events co-ordinator, echoed the sentiment that Elgin Town Hall is a completely drug-free zone.

He said: “We want to say thank you to the police and the security for their presence to make sure that events run safely. These arrests show they are doing the job well and are protecting the public.

“We want the town hall to continue to be a safe environment for our staff and community and welcoming for everyone.”

The Decoded event was one of the biggest dance events ever held in Moray.

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