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The Corrupt Guards

Livvy goes in search of the corrupt guards who are paid to transport drugs aiming to supply the UK festival market.

With the UK festival market booming like never before, investigative journalist Livvy Haydock goes undercover and meets the people on the dark side of Britain’s festival season. In this episode, Livvy goes in search of the corrupt guards who are paid to transport drugs aiming to supply the UK festival market.

Livvy meets a security whistle-blower who shares his concerns about security weaknesses at festivals, and how the system leads to corrupt guards, who aren’t subject to the same checks as festivalgoers, exploiting their roles to get drugs into events.

He explains how security work is outsourced over and over again, until security jobs at festivals are casually advertised in online groups on social media. As the number of music festivals rises, he believes that desperate organisers will do anything to provide the manpower to cover the events, and in doing so are watering down both the checks and the quality of staff.

Livvy makes contact with one of these security guards, who transports drugs on behalf of gangs using a doctored security licence from the black market. He reveals that he can earn up to £1000 from gangs for each delivery instead of the average £80 a day that security guards can expect to earn.

On the day of the festival, he agrees to wear a hidden camera so Livvy can see how he attempts to get £25,000 worth of drugs to dealers at the festival, despite the risks of a potential arrest for possession with intent to supply, which can be punishable with life imprisonment.

Livvy goes undercover at festivals across the country to investigate the measures taken by security to stop drugs coming in. In doing so, she uncovers huge gaps in security operations at festivals across the country.

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24 minutes