Leeds Festival drugs warning after ecstasy dealer locked up

Police are urging festival goers to avoid "bad decisions"
Police are urging festival goers to avoid "bad decisions"
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Police have urged Leeds Festival goers to avoid “bad decisions” after an apprentice engineer was locked up for drug dealing at last year’s event.

As reported yesterday Thomas Hough, 20, was sent to a young offenders institution for two-and-a-half years after he was found with 150 ecstasy tablets in his tent at the 2014 Bramham Park music extravaganza.

Leeds Crown Court heard Hough had a promising career in front of him, came from a hard-working family and had never been in trouble before.

Prosecutor Stephen Smithson said his decision to start drug dealing “must befuddle him”.

Superintendent Keith Gilert, who is commanding the policing operation for this year’s Leeds Festival, said the case illustrated the potential consequences of breaking the law regardless of criminal history.

He said: “A drugs conviction is also likely to have other negative impacts on your life and can affect, for instance, your employment prospects and future travel plans.

“Controlled drugs and so-called ‘legal highs’ carry inherent risks to health and we hope anyone going to Leeds Festival will avoid making bad decisions that could put both their wellbeing and future aspirations at risk.”