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Ten people fined for having drugs at T in the Park

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Ten people have been fined a total of more than £5,000 for having drugs at T in the Park.

Festival-goers aged between 16 and 62 admitted being in possession of drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.

They travelled from as far afield as Elgin and Cheshire to answer charges at Perth Sheriff Court.

Two teenagers died at this year's festival at Strathallan Castle, after taking drugs.

And a man who was found dead two days after the event was found to have illegal substances in his blood.

The largest fine was levied on 38-year-old Julie Robinson, from Darlington, who admitted having cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis on 8 July.

The oldest reveller - Sean McLernon, 62, from Kilsyth - was fined £500 for possession of ecstasy and cannabis on 8 July.

Others who appeared in court were:

  • A 16-year-old from Ayrshire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who admitted having cocaine and 10 ecstasy tablets on 9 July. Sentence on him was deferred for reports.
  • A 17-year-old, from Hebden Bridge, who also cannot be named, was fined £150 after he admitted having ecstasy at the festival on 8 July.
  • Another 17-year-old, from Dunfermline, was fined £450.
  • Dominic Lamb, 46, from Bury, was fined £400 for having heroin and cannabis;
  • Brett Mathieson, 25, from Elgin, was fined £300;
  • Claire Collier, 41, from Wilmslow, was fined £200;
  • Christopher Smart, 29, Kirkintilloch, was fined £600;
  • Steven Wishart, 25, Glasgow, was fined £800;
  • Barry Wood, 25, Dundee, was fined £500.

Sentence was deferred on Rhys Sutherland, 20, of Saline, Fife, after he admitted supplying MDMA to Andrew Wallace on 8 July.

Drug recoveries by Police Scotland increased at the festival this year, partly due to an amnesty promoted by the force in the wake of two of deaths.

Pathologists confirmed that illicit drugs were found in the system of 29-year-old father-of-three Jim Richardson, whose body was found in a field two days after the event.

A verdict of "presumed drugs related" was also recorded for teenagers Megan Bell and Peter McCallum, who both died in a temporary hospital on the site of the festival, near Auchterarder.

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