Crime down at Isle of Wight Festival this year

CCTV released after woman’s bag is stolen

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POLICE seized at least £33,000 worth of drugs at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

Police revealed that 18 people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, 58 people were bailed for suspected possession offences, and 79 cannabis warnings were issued.

However, provisional figures have shown that crime at the festival was down on last year.

Up to 75,000 people were at Seaclose Park in Newport over a four-day period last weekend.

The overall number of thefts reported, including tent thefts, fell from 150 last year to 106 so far this year, when the festival campsite size was increased.

The number of assaults reported fell from 20 last year to eight this year.

Police took part in combined briefings and patrols on the campsite with security stewards to disrupt and detect the activities of suspects. Free crime prevention lanyards and bags were handed out and festivalgoers were given advice to protect their property.