Thefts fell by a whopping 51% with just 16 theft offences reported during this September’s event, when compared to 2019’s festival.
A total of 10 drugs offences were recorded, alongside 8 sexual offences, 6 assaults, 3 public order incidents and 1 hate offence. A total of 53 offences were reported over the 4-day festival held at Seaclose Park.
Officers have been investigating the crimes reported and have made a number of significant arrests.
Superintendent Clare Jenkins, who led the policing operation this year, has said:
“The dedicated policing operation at the Isle of Wight Festival this year was a success.
“We maintained a close working relationship with the festival organisers and other partners, including the Isle of Wight Council and WightLink, in the lead up to and throughout the event.
“We appreciate that people will have very much been looking forward to either re-attending or attending the festival for the first time after it was cancelled last year, and especially as we now begin to return to some form of normality after a very difficult 18 months. We are pleased to report that the majority of people attending the event enjoyed themselves safely, responsibly and respectfully.
“Our officers and staff have been on-site providing a response to reported crimes and to deal with the small minority who were detained for offences. In addition, the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been out in force within the local community outside of the festival site, providing an increased presence and re-assurance to local residents and festival goers alike.”