Crime down at Latitude Festival

POLICE chiefs today confirmed that crime had fallen at this year's Latitude Festival.Ten people have been arrested but there appears to be no repeat of the high numbers of thefts following this year's festival.

POLICE chiefs today confirmed that crime had fallen at this year's Latitude Festival.

Ten people have been arrested but there appears to be no repeat of the high numbers of thefts following this year's festival.

While police are still taking some crime reports, at this stage there have been fewer than ten thefts reported during the event from last Thursday through until today (Monday).

The arrests were made in connection with theft, assault, driving and drugs offences.


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Chief Superintendent Mark Cordell, east area commander said: 'At this stage we have only had a comparatively low level of crime reported to us - nowhere near the 100+ incidents of theft from tents reported last year.

'It appears to have gone very well, with good co-operation between police, the organisers and security personnel, but we believe one of the key reasons for the decrease was work done by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) on the site on Thursday.

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'A group of PCSOs visited the camp sites to distribute information to festival goers giving them details of how to keep their items secure and encouraging them to sleep with their valuables inside their sleeping bags.

'This work, along with the efforts of officers targeting law breakers on route to the site, have led to the prevention of offences and some good arrests.'

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