Tuesday, 14 July 2009

B in the dark about T in the Park

The crime count always seems to be a prominent feature of the post-T in the Park analysis, and with officialdom always keen to bask in the reflected glory of the event the behaviour of 'revellers' (often a bit of a euphemism in itself) always seems to be portrayed in the best possible light.

This year is no exception, with the officer in charge of policing the event describing the audience as "superb" and making the requisite noises about "community spirit" and suchlike.

Granted, there was no attempted murder this year, but the chief superintendent's assessment of the figures leaves the distinct but predictable impression that there's more than a little spin going on.

It seems that offences are down on last year. But arrests are up. Ah, but that's due to "pro-active policing work in relation to drug enforcement", but in turn this seems to conflict slightly with "drug amnesty bins" at site entrances which could be used "without being excluded from the event or prosecuted".

And if police are more pro-active in relation to drugs then perhaps as a corollary they'll be less pro-active elsewhere, hence the overall decrease in arrests..er..sorry, offences?

Who knows, but the difficulty in getting to the truth of these things was ably demonstrated on Saturday morning following the first day of the festival, when a Courier headline read, "Few delays and arrests reported", while the Scotsman went with, "Thefts and arrests mar opening day of T in the Park".

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