Crime low at Glastonbury Festival for second year in a row

by Alister POOLE on June 28, 2010

As the details of the past weekend’s Glastonbury Festival begin to appear, it is being reported that crime was at an all time low during the festivities.

For the second subsequent year, the event organisers were happy to report that crime had diminished at the concert falling for the second year in a row. Last year, a total of 445 crimes were reported. This year, however, only 393 crimes went reported. Of these crimes, 230 were tent thefts with an additional 22 people reporting other items stolen as well. Authorities in Somerset said that the figures were quite low considering there were 170,000 people in attendance.

Officers from Avon and Somerset were on hand on horseback, bicycle, and foot offering deterrents to would-be thieves. Police were also handing out literature on crime prevention and giving out free torches to promote safety. A total of 117 people were arrested over the weekend with the majority being kept in temporary custody in West Showground and Bath.

Superintendent Ian Smith, who managed the police force for the festival this year, said that the authorities were pleased with the low crime rate and overall operations were a success. Mr Smith added that the community approach to policing at the festival seemed to work out the best for both officers and the public.

This year’s festival went off without a hitch with several highlights over the weekend. In a surprise appearance, Kylie Minogue joined the Scissor Sisters on stage for an impromptu performance.

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