ORGANISERS SAY GLASTO’S GOING WELL

Despite the weather problems, officials are delighted with the way the festival is going...

Police and emergency services are confident the GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL is coping after a thunder and lightning storm drenched the site this morning (June 24).

Reports of stage and even people being struck by lightning have proved to be false, and although many tents were washed away, the large percentage of the 100,000 crowd escaped relatively unscathed.

Crime is so far on a par with last year’s record low, according to Avon And Somerset Police.

By 3pm today there had been 16 reported crimes, excluding drugs offences, as opposed to 25 this time last year.

There have currently been 87 reported drugs offences, up on 61 last year. The police have put this down to increased security.

Police are currently working with the organisers and other agencies to ensure safety on other parts of the site which have become flooded.

The section from the Pyramid Stage to Gate 5 is the worst affected. Organisers hope to see a substantial drop in the water levels shortly.

The weather has taken a turn for the better, and is currently hot and sunny, but still very muddy underfoot.

Health wise, ambulance crews have been hindered in their attempt to get around the site. There have been a few patients, but none with particularly serious ailments. However, it’s feared there may be a few festival goers afflicted by slips, trips and falls in the difficult conditions.