GLASTO CRIME FALLS

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Thousands of music fans are making their way home from GLASTONBURY with their possessions, if not their minds, in one piece today – as police say overall crime has fallen by almost half compared to last year.

For those who braved the rain for last night’s sets from the likes of [/a], the big clean-up is underway, with approximately 100,000 people making their way from the Pilton site back to the rest of the country.

Police said that by this morning (June 30) 167 people had been arrested over the course of the festival. Half of those were for drug offences, with the rest mostly for theft and theft from the person.

The other crime statistics, according to police, are:

Robbery is down 79 per cent on 2002 with 16 reports compared to 78.

Reports of theft from the person, primarily pickpockets, is down 50 per cent on last year, with 64 cases compared to 129 in 2002.

Theft from tents accounted for over one third of all recorded crime in 2003, with 132 reports. Although it is 26 per cent down on the 178 cases in 2002.

Reported crime is down 47 per cent, with 316 reports, compared to 600 at this time last year.

Drug detections numbered 142, compared to 70 in 2002. All of these resulted in drugs being seized.

Of the 316 recorded offences, 35 took place off the festival site, in and around the Pilton village area and the festival car parks.

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