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CRIME DOWN 12% AT BESTIVAL 2014

policebestivalresizedHampshire Constabulary are reporting a 12% reduction in crime at this year’s Bestival event, held last weekend, compared to 2013.

Crime figures show that reports of theft from tents reduced by around a quarter at 23% with the overall crime rate down some 12%.

In total £45,000 worth of drugs were taken off the streets, £25,000 of which were handed in by revelers at amnesty bins.

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There were no reported cases of significant injuries as a result of assaults at the festival and traffic disruption was minimised following successful partnership working with Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council.

Policing Commander for the Bestival, Chief Superintendent Scott Chilton, said:

“The dedicated work of officers involved in the policing operation at Bestival 2014 is evident in these very positive crime figures. In partnership with the event organisers and Isle of Wight Council, we ensured the safety of around 47,000 members of the public onsite.”

“While these figures may change in the days following the festival as more reports are made to us, they provide an indication that our proactive approach alongside our partners and event organisers to tackling issues such as drug possession and theft has really paid off this year. We are also extremely grateful to local residents on the Island for their support and consideration over the festival weekend”

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