Crime levels at Reading Festival 2012 down on last year

Thames Valley Police report a significant reduction in crime at the event compared with last year

Crime levels at Reading Festival 2012 down on last year

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Crime levels at Reading Festival have gone down significantly from last year (2011), Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

As of 10.48am this morning (August 26), 50 crimes had been reported at the Berkshire music bash, compared with 120 at the same time in 2011. That marks a year-on-year reduction of 58%.

Of the 50 crimes reported so far, 19 have been thefts, while 19 have been drug offences including possession of cannabis, possession of drugs excluding cannabis and possession with intent to supply. The numbers for both thefts and drug offences are down on last year (2011).

Reading Festival began on Friday (August 24) and concludes today (August 26) with sets from Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Bullet For My Valentine, Two Door Cinema Club and Kaiser Chiefs. The three-day event is estimated to have attracted a crowd of around 87,000 music fans.

Crime figures from Leeds Festival, which is also taking place this weekend, have yet to be confirmed by West Yorkshire police. The Leeds bash also wraps up tonight with performances from Kasabian, Florence And The Machine and The Vaccines.

Keep up to date with all the latest Reading and Leeds 2012 news on our live blog

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Stay tuned to our Reading And Leeds Festivals hub for news reports, reviews, videos and photos from both sites all weekend.

To read the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands from Wednesday (August 29) or available digitally. If you're at Reading or Leeds this weekend, be sure to Tweet or Instagram your pictures to #NMEreading and #NMEleeds and the best will make next week's issue.

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