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Drugs warning ahead of Fatboy gig
Fatboy Slim at the 2002 event
Tickets for the New Year's Day gig were for Brighton residents only
Drug dealers are being warned by police to stay away from a Fatboy Slim gig taking place on Brighton beach, in East Sussex, on New Year's Day.

A police spokeswoman said there would be no random drug testing, but they would target those "whose main purpose for attending is to deal in drugs".

Big Beach Boutique 3 will feature live sets from Fatboy Slim and other DJs and is open to ticket holders only.

All 20,000 tickets for the gig on 1 January were snapped up in five hours.

Possession or use

The event was restricted to those with a BN postcode after the last beach party, in 2002, attracted an estimated 250,000 people.

Sussex Police said: "We will only test people for drugs either if we have specific information to indicate they are in possession of illegal drugs and dangerous substances, or if they are behaving in a way which strongly suggests they may be under the influence of illegal substances."

Two committees on Brighton and Hove City Council have given the go-ahead for the event.

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