Slight reduction in crime at Reading Festival 2010

Thames Valley Police say there was 'sporadic' disorder at close of Berkshire leg of festival

Police have said there was a slight reduction in reported crime at this year’s Reading Festival.

Thames Valley Police said that 343 crimes had been reported by 11:30 BST today (August 30), compared to 350 at the same time last year.

Although the police received a “large number of late reports” once festivalgoers had returned home following the event in 2009, they are hopeful that the fact there was a police station in a prominent part of the site will mean that this will not be the case this year.

Chief Inspector Les Stone, daytime commander of the policing operation at the bash, explained that although there was “sporadic” disorder on the Berkshire site at the close of the three-day festival last night (August 29) it was “nowhere near to the scale we experienced last year”.

He commented: “A few missiles were thrown at police and one officer suffered concussion, which resulted in full protective kit being used for a short while. However, control was restored quickly and officers were able to remove their head protection.”

The bash concluded last night with a headline set from Blink-182, while Arcade Fire and Guns N’ Roses also topped the Main Stage bill during the weekend.

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