August 19, 2013 12:34

Essex police confirm 114 arrests were made at V Festival in Chelmsford

Crimes include 75 for drug possession and 22 for drug-dealing on site

Essex police confirm 114 arrests were made at V Festival in Chelmsford

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There were 114 arrests at V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend as police cracked down on drugs offences.

The arrests came at the Essex site with the number up significantly from the 51 arrests made by local police at the festival in 2012. Additionally, more than 800 people were treated for injuries across the two sites this weekend by St John Ambulance workers, including a woman who impaled her foot with a tent peg.

The Herts and Essex Observer reports that 22 of the arrests made were for drug-dealing with the majority of arrests made after people were detected by sniffer dogs. As of 11pm on Sunday night, (August 18), officers had made 75 arrests for drug possession, 22 for drug dealing, six for assault, one for disqualified driving, two for theft, two for rowdy and disorderly behaviour, three for fraud and three for drink driving.

Policing co-ordinator, Chief Supt Andy Prophet, said: "All our officers have been doing a great job, working with the V Festival organisers to make sure this fantastic event was a safe and fun one. The work of our drugs dogs in sniffing out those in supplying drugs has been a key element in our tactics this year and its one that has worked really well. We would like to thank all the festival-goers for taking note of our crime prevention advice and hope that they enjoyed the weekend."

Kings Of Leon brought this year's V Festival in Hylands Park, Essex to a close last night (August 18) on the final leg of a UK tour previewing material from upcoming album 'Mechanical Bull'. The Tennessee band, returning to the Chelmsford site after a previous headline appearance in 2010, rattled through a set that included new single 'Supersoaker' alongside tracks dating back to their debut LP 'Youth And Young Manhood', released 10 years ago this summer.

Beyonce, The Vaccines, The Courteeners, Two Door Cinema Club and Maximo Park also performed across the weekend.

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