Crime Drops Again At Isle Of Wight Festival

12 June 2017, 12:52

Isle of Wight Festival 2016

Police say crime levels at Isle of Wight Festival have dropped for the third year running.

50,000 people went along to Seaclose Park in Newport over the four days.

David Guetta, Rag'N'Bone Man, Zara Larsson and Clean Bandit were among those on stage.

Initial figures suggest that the number of overall offences was 41, compared to 85 last year and 117 in 2015. Further to this, 9 arrests were made.

Hampshire Police said:

'Officers and staff from across the force have worked together from the planning stages and throughout the festival, to keep people safe and out of harm's way. Uniformed officers have maintained a visible presence patrolling the outskirts of the festival, engaging with the public to provide safety messages and reassurance, as well as to tackle crime.

'This year we were confronted by the additional challenges which have affected forces nationwide in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK. However, we adjusted our policing response accordingly and the feedback from members of the public has been hugely positive.

'Festivalgoers were also encouraged to follow @FestivalCop on twitter to receive crime prevention advice and to keep up to date with what our officers were doing at the festival site.'

Isle of Wight Festival policing commander Superintendent Simon Dodds said: 

"For another year running, Isle of Wight Festival has proved to be a low-crime and safe event thanks to the good-natured attitude of the vast majority of attendees.

"The successful operation came together as a result of the close working relationship with partner agencies and organisers through the event's Safety Advisory Group. We have together achieved the intended outcome - an event which has helped keep both festivalgoers and local island residents safe.

"The support we have received from members of the public this weekend has been overwhelming and everyone involved in this year's operation has enjoyed meeting festivalgoers on site. The fact that the policing family and the public were able to communicate so well has made the experience all the more safe, reassuring and enjoyable for all."

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