GLASTONBURY WRAPS UP

Thousands of festival-goers leave the site…

GLASTONBURY 2005 has wrapped up for this year with tens of thousands of fans leaving WORTHY FARM.

Festival traffic has caused heavy congestion on road around the site in all directions, with motorists being advised to avoid the area if at all possible.

Avon & Somerset Police have said that crime at this year’s festival remains at one of the lowest ever dates.

There have been 133 reported crimes – excluding drug offences – dropping 29 per cent compared with 188 at this stage in 2004.

Again, down on last year, there were just 109 arrests.

Vehicle crime numbered 16 incidents out of a total of 45,000 cars and vans parked in the festival car parks.

There were 195 reported drug offences on site and two robberies and 19 reports of theft from the person occurred – down 60 per cent on 2004.

Supt. Adrian Coombs said: “We are very pleased with how the festival has run this year. Police, GFL (Glastonbury Festivals Limited) and Mendip District Council have spent many months preparing for the event and it has certainly paid off.”

He added: “It particularly pleases me to see crime reduce by one third again and it emphasises what a safe event the Glastonbury Festival is. Every year we have a debrief from every agency on site and we will no doubt still have some learning points from Glastonbury 2005.

“When the event applies for its licence again in 2007 we will no doubt be looking to reduce crime still further and work with all partner agencies to ensure the festival’s success in the future.”

Late this morning, around 40,000 festival goers had left the site. Another 10,000 cars are remaining at the festival car parks waiting to leave.