Police investigate Download disturbance

Punters arrested in midnight rumpus

A joint investigation between police and festival organisers is underway following reports of a disturbance at the close of the Download Festival at Donington Park last night (June 11).

A dozen people were arrested after missiles were thrown at police officers, who had been called to the site after reports of a number of fires in the campsite areas.

There are not thought to have been any serious injuries to fans.

Festival Director Stuart Galbraith said: “There were 75,000 people per day at the event, and up until last night, there had been no major incidents over the weekend. The trouble involved a small number of otherwise fantastic customers who attended this massively successful event. This type of trouble is very rare and is completely out of character for Download fans.

“This was the smoothest festival, in terms of organisation, logistics and line-up, that we have ever run at Donington Park featuring over 100 bands including Metallica, Tool and Guns N’ Roses as our headliners.”

Superintendent Paul Smith, of the Leicestershire Constabulary, added: “The festival has been relatively trouble-free all weekend and this incident has marred an otherwise peaceful and enjoyable event.

“The disorder involved a number of people and it is not clear at thus early stage what sparked the trouble.

“A full investigation is already under way to establish exactly what happened and to assess the extent of crime and the identity of any offenders.”

The officer added that anyone who was a victim of crime at the event to report it to police. He also asked that anyone may have recorded events on their mobile phones to get in touch.