The 4-day event, which began on Thursday, saw a 26% decrease in all crime reported with 182 reported crimes (248 in 2014). This included a total of 111 theft offences (down from 177 in 2014).
Meanwhile this year’s drug search operation at the point of entry was carried out by security and private drugs dogs working closely with a police search advisor (POLSA). It proved very effective, with £37,000 worth of assorted drugs deposited in amnesty bins.
Those found to be in possession of larger amounts were arrested, searched and ejected from the event. A total of 54 were arrested for drug offences, which saw a 22% decrease in possession offences on 2014. Another 30 people were arrested for possession with intent to supply (an increase on 20 from last year).
There were no reported serious sexual offences.
Assaults increased in number from 2 to 12, and were mostly committed on security staff, who increased the number of ejections for use of Nitrous Oxide (Noz) and stolen wristbands.
Deployment of the Roads Policing Unit Proactive team was once again successful, with use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition resulting in a number of significant arrests, including several for possession with intent to supply and the arrest of three men who were wanted on warrant in London in connection with a serious assault.
The Licensing team also conducted carried out a proactive test purchase operation to ensure compliance with licensing conditions, with a zero failure rate.
Superintendent Andy Houghton, police commander at Bestival, said:
“The policing operation was successfully implemented across the weekend, following processes we have rehearsed and tuned at previous events. Every festival marks the culmination of months of careful planning and close liaison with partner agencies and the event organisers.”