Crime down at 2010 Glastonbury festival: police

28th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The number of crimes reported at Glastonbury fell again this year, police said Monday, a day after the world's biggest greenfield music festival wrapped up its 40th birthday celebrations.

A total of 393 crimes were reported this year compared to 445 in 2009 and 483 in 2008. A total of 117 people were arrested, while only 0.3 percent of the 170,000 festival-goers were victims of crime, police said.

The crimes included 230 thefts from tents, 90 people arrested for drug possession and 27 for drug dealing, while personal thefts were down to 22, compared to 61 last year.

"We're pleased that once again crime has remained low at the Glastonbury Festival and overall the police operation has been a success," said Superintendent Ian Smith, who led the police operation.

"Feedback from festival-goers has been really positive and the police have been very well received on site," he added.

The festival in southwest England, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary, drew to a close Sunday with Motown legend Stevie Wonder leading the crowds in a joyful singalong of "Happy Birthday".

© 2010 AFP

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