There was evidence the illegal Class A drug had been taken inside several cramped public toilet cubicles, including ones next to Centre Court and Court One
There was evidence the illegal Class A drug had been taken inside several cramped public toilet cubicles at the famous arena, including ones next to Centre Court and Court One… as British idol Andy Murray and reigning champion Roger Federer played their matches last week.
Tests even showed traces of cocaine on baby-changing tables and in the loos of glitzy champagne bars at the All England Club.
Yesterday a spokeswoman for the All England Lawn Tennis Club confirmed the club had launched an investigation.
She said: “We thank you for drawing our attention to this. We have nothing further to add at this stage.”
The investigation started on Wednesday, day three of the two-week championship, as 41,000 fans crowded the famous grounds. It followed a tip-off from a concerned spectator who had witnessed suspicious activity the previous day.
The first test was in the afternoon in the toilets under Court One, as No?2 seed Andy Murray was due to play Yen-Hsun Lu.
While Olympic champion Murray played in front of 11,400 people, some of them paying up to £1,000 to see the US Open champion in action, others were snorting cocaine in three separate toilet blocks.
And in the toilets on Murray Mount, where thousands of fans, including families with small children, watched on the big screen, white powder was visible to the naked eye, encrusted in the lock of the toilet-roll holder.
Following the Murray match, reigning champ Federer played for 15,000 spectators on Centre Court, including the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents Mike and Carole Middleton, TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth and double Olympic champion Mo Farah.
Fans paid up to £1,722 for hospitality packages guaranteeing tickets to the prestigious court and free-flowing champagne.
Three police officers were standing outside the toilets where cocaine was found.
Further tests were carried out on Thursday as guests including Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman and historian Sir Max Hastings, watched from the Royal Box.
A different cubicle in the toilet block in the South West Hall of Centre Court, tested positive for cocaine that day.
There is only one cubicle and, unlike most of the toilets inside the grounds, it has a cistern.
Later, in the Long Bar toilets, a quick test of the previously swabbed area confirmed cocaine had been taken there in the past two hours.
On Friday, two baby-changing tables were also swabbed, including one in the Long Bar at 4.30pm.
It tested positive. As fans packed the bars to avoid early evening rain, we tested the toilets next to the Pergola Bar and opposite the Pink Bar, which serves rose champagne. A baby-changing table in the second cubicle also revealed traces of cocaine.
Hundreds of security staff, police and even members of the Armed Forces do regular patrols of the area with police sniffer dogs and bag searches on entry, but cocaine is still being smuggled into Wimbledon as the world watches.
Determined users are willing to risk arrest and a possible jail term to feed their illegal habit.
Yesterday a spokesman for security firm G4S declined to comment on our investigation. Article Link…