Hardwell gig was cancelled due to drugs fears

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FEARS over public disorder, widespread drug-taking and limited police resources were among the concerns raised by senior officers for cancelling the DJ Hardwell concert at Ingliston.

Police called for the concert to be scrapped, citing controversial events at previous gigs in Glasgow and Belfast in which one clubber died and several others were arrested for drug-dealing.

The Northern Ireland tour date for the Dutch DJ saw more than 100 people treated for intoxication and declared a “major incident”.

Council chiefs came under fire from revellers for cancelling the Edinburgh event at the eleventh hour – just two days before the concert was due to take place.

But a letter from Mike McCormick, Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing East, which has now been made public, laid bare police concerns about the event scheduled for February 9.

Citing a packed weekend for Edinburgh, the police chief said resources would be stretched with a Scottish Cup fixture being held at Easter Road and the sell-out Scotland v England rugby clash in the Six Nations at Murrayfield.

And he said: “Given the experiences elsewhere in the UK, there is sufficient evidence to support cancellation.”

Organisers of the suspended DJ Hardwell gig are in talks over rescheduling the concert in Edinburgh for a future date.