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The NSW police watchdog has announced a public hearing into the strip search of a sixteen-year-old girl at the 2018 Splendour in the Grass festival near Byron Bay.

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC), an independent body,says the hearing will also examine strip search practices more generally as part of Operation Brugge.

LECC investigators are due to work out whether state police engaged in serious misconduct when officers working at last year’s festival detained and strip-searched the minor.

They will also try to determine if police at the festival behaved illegally or unreasonably when they carried out searches, especially strip-searches.

The public hearing is expected to run for three days and is due to start at 10am on Tuesday 22 October at the Commission’s hearing room: level 3, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Meanwhile, a state coronial inquest into the drug-related deaths of six people at New South Wales music festivals continues.

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  1. Strip searches are sexual assault. More than half the drug dog indications are wrong and yet they persist. If cannabis and ecstasy are so dangerous all police should be drug tested every day including days off and face 12 months in jail if they test positive.

  2. What sort of world are we allowing ?
    When the most accute danger our kids face at a concert comes from these scum in the NSW police force, surely things must change.
    I for one, have no delusions that these low-life will be found to have any charge to answer,this is just business as usual, and by the way what has happened to those “brave officers”that beat the sh-t ot of that defenceless,naked child in Byron about two years ago ? I suppose the investigation is ‘on going’ !

  3. If it will discourage teenagers from putting dangerous and unknown substances into their growing bodies then it will be worthwhile.


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