No rapes, but plenty of drugs: the police report a ‘good atmosphere’ at Smukfest

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Smukfest is in full swing in Bøgeskoven in Skanderborg.

As always, the police are present at the festival, both inside and outside the festival grounds, but luckily the festivities have been quite peaceful so far.

“Overall it has been a good few days, there has been a good atmosphere,” says Stig Simonsen, deputy inspector at the South East Jutland Police, to BT

In contrast to, for example, Roskilde Festival a few weeks ago, no rapes or other crimes of immorality have yet been reported in connection with Smukfest.

“We had a single report on Sunday, but it turned out that there was nothing in it,” explains deputy inspector Stig Simonsen.

Thefts have also been minimal.

For example, on the night of Thursday, the only thing that came in was that a person had had his iPhone 13 stolen – from a bag that the reviewer had left.

However, the final tally of theft cases will only come after the end of the festival.


FILE.  Police at Skanderborg Festival, Thursday 10 August 2017.

FILE. Police at Skanderborg Festival, Thursday 10 August 2017.
Photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard

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But on the other hand, a number of euphoric substances have been found at the festival, both inside the square and in the camping areas.

“We have our drug dogs working and they do cases every day. Smaller amounts of hashish and joints are typically found. A number of people have been charged,’ says the deputy inspector.

Wednesday’s catch offered, for example, 16.3 grams of hashish.

In addition, small quantities of amphetamine, cocaine and MDMA were also confiscated.

However, after Justin Bieber’s concert on Wednesday Smukfest’s biggest chaos so far occurred.

But even here, the only police intervention was a single episode where three people ended up being arrested after being violent towards some of the festival’s volunteers.

Because of the massive crowds, there was a rush to get away from the festival site.

More people started to walk on the roads, which forced Smukfest to close the bus service, which in turn worsened the congestion.

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