NME.COM can bring you the first pictures of the rioting at the LEEDS leg of the CARLING WEEKEND FESTIVAL that has cast a cloud over the future of the event.
The photos show scenes of devastation caused by fire started on the Temple Newsam site when up to 500 fans when on the rampage during the early hours of yesterday morning (August 26). What looks like burning ground is in fact all that is left of a toilet block containing 71 toilets razed by the mob. A portacabin was also destroyed.
Over 200 police, many in riot gear, were deployed in a bid to contain the violence. They were attacked with bottles and other missiles by rioters.
While Mean Fiddler has condemned the actions of a “mindless minority” insisting the “Festival will have a very long and successful future,” local residents groups are calling again for the festival to be moved to another site.
“I just can’t see it happening next year at Temple Newsam. Not after this,” Ron Monaghan of The Friends Of Temple Newsam Park resident’s group said, adding, “From what I hear these were the worst scenes yet.
“We are not against the festival itself. It is just the wrong place to hold it. We even recognise that the organisers had made a lot of changes since last year but they obviously haven’t worked,” he told BBC.
Five people were arrested for criminal damage and arson. West Yorkshire Police have launched an inquiry to identify those responsible.