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Cocaine reaches Oxford Union?

There have been reports of evidence of drug-taking in clubs and pubs frequented by undergraduates of Oxford University, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 19:39 IST
Vijay Dutt

The Oxford Union, the most prestigious debating society in the world has attracted figures like Sir Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon and the Dalai Lama. But now its fame has, according to reports, been tainted the discovery of traces of cocaine in its lavatory cubicles.

The Oxford University newspaper Cherwell reported that the evidence of drug-taking in clubs and pubs frequented by undergraduates were found when they tested the lavatory cubicles of 17 venues frequented by students.

Traces of cocaine were found at 11 of the venues. But the most unexpected discovery was at the Oxford Union, founded in 1823. The Union is frequented by Oxford University students, 100 local residents and a handful of students from Oxford Brookes University.

Sapana Agrawal, the student president, was quoted, "I'm shocked. We don't condone taking drugs. If it had been brought to our attention we would have dealt with it and contacted the police."

The Purple Turtle pub and club, owned by the Union, also tested positive. Lance Cowan, the manager, said, "We've caught a few doing drugs here and ejected them."

Students contacted by the newspaper said drug dealers were attracted to Oxford because students were prepared to pay inflated prices for poor quality cocaine. Thames Valley Police said, "You would expect to find evidence of recreational drug-taking in any city and Oxford is no exception."

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 19:39 IST