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AustraliaStripped searched and sent packing: Police to review woman's claims after Sydney music festival

05:30  09 march  2019
05:30  09 march  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Stripped searched and sent packing: Police to review woman's claims after Sydney music festival© Facebook Lucy Moore, 19, says she was unfairly targeted by police at the Hidden music festival in Sydney Olympic Park last week. A woman says she was strip-searched and interrogated for over an hour at a Sydney music festival, only to be subsequently banned from the venue despite having no drugs or alcohol in her possession, in an incident that is now being reviewed by NSW Police.

Newcastle teen Lucy Moore says she was unfairly targeted by police at the Hidden music festival that took place at Sydney Olympic Park last week.

"On Saturday about 10 minutes after I had arrived at the festival and had already been inside and walked past plenty of dogs, me and my boyfriend walked back out of the festival to collect our VIP lanyards," the 19-year-old wrote in a Facebook post.

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"As I was walking back to the entrance gate a police officer walked up to me and quickly told me I had been detected by the sniffer dog despite me never seeing the dog react or sit.

"I was taken away by another police officer and was told nothing of what was about to happen, I was never asked for my consent to be searched let alone my consent to be strip searched."

A spokesman for NSW police said: "After receiving a complaint, this matter will now be subject to an internal review and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further."

Ms Moore said she was strip-searched in view of male police officers and other festival attendees and, after no alcohol or drugs were found, was held for more than an hour and continued to be interrogated by police.

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A young Newcastle woman is considering launching legal action against NSW Police after she was strip searched at a Sydney music festival despite carrying no drugs. She told Seven News she was forced to undress in view of police and festival goers after being targeted for a drug search .

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"[Strip searches need to be done] in private and out of view of officers of the other sex as well as out of view of people who don't need to see the search (such as other attendees)," Ms Moore wrote.

"This wasn't the case at [Hidden] over the weekend. Not only did I see other people being searched, during my search the door was left half open and only 'blocked' by the small female cop. I could easily see outside which means that attendees and the male cops outside could have easily seen in as well.

"Also as I have learned, cops cannot ask you to squat and cough, this is illegal but police at the hidden festival still were asking for us to do this."

Ms Moore said that her ordeal ended with her being asked to leave the festival and being banned from the venue for six months.

"After them having found [zero] drugs or alcohol on my body and the officer telling me I was showing [zero] signs of intoxication I was still kicked out of the festival and given a [six] month ban from Sydney Olympic Park," Ms Moore wrote.

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"The reason the officer gave me was because they were 'under the assumption I was intoxicated'."

Ms Moore said she has contacted NSW police and is in discussions with lawyers.

Ms Moore's post on the incident has been shared widely on social media, with more than 12,000 people reacting on Facebook.

Police have increased their presence at music festivals around the state, including last month's Ultra music festival, where they searched nearly 400 people for drugs.

At that festival, 10 people were charged for supplying drugs, 29 were charged with criminal infringement notices for possession of MDMA or cocaine and 13 were issued with cannabis cautions.

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