Five suspected ecstasy dealers arrested at Brighton and Hove Pride

Posted On 09 Aug 2010 at 1:29 pm

Five people were arrested in Brighton for having ecstasy tablets during the Pride weekend.

The hundreds of tablets are believed to have been intended for Pride partygoers.

All five have been bailed while detectives make further inquiries.

The five were among 39 people arrested at events or sites linked to Brighton and Hove Pride at the weekend, according to Sussex Police.

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The event was the biggest in 18 years, with more than 160,000 people taking part in Saturday’s parade and the celebrations in Preston Park, Brighton.

The arrests were made in Preston Park, at the Waterhall camp site and during the two street parties in St James’s Street, Brighton.

The arrests were for

  • 5 public order offences
  • 7 assaults, one of which is being treated as a homophobic attack
  • 6 thefts
  • 3 drunk and disorderly offences
  • 1 for being a public nuisance (having sound equipment believed to be for a rave) and
  • 17 drugs offences.

A man arrested at a house in Brighton on Friday is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.

Anthony Armstrong, 50, of Gloucester Road, Brighton, was charged on Saturday afternoon with having ketamine with intent to supply.

Officers seized 7kg of what is believed to be ketamine and more than £60,000 cash.

Police are also investigating an offence of homophobic graffiti daubed on the pylons on the A23 approach into Brighton and Hove.

The event’s police commander Superintendent Steve Whitton said: “Once again people have attended in their thousands to line the streets and take part in the Pride celebrations.

“Given the huge numbers we have seen attending, it has been a peaceful and successful event with very few isolated incidents.

“I’d like to thank all the organisers, the emergency services and all the participants for making the event such a great success.”

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