Drop in crime reports at Isle of Wight Festival

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CRIME at the Isle of Wight Festival fell by almost a quarter, new figures reveal.

Police received 244 incident reports during the mud ridden event at Seaclose Park, Newport, last weekend – down 23 per cent from 316 last year.

Hampshire Sergeant Dave Steele praised officers, civilian staff and specials who worked longer shifts to help out after torrential downpours left the site waterlogged and caused traffic chaos.

He also thanked local agencies and the public who helped out to help keep festival goers safe.

Sergeant Steele put the provisional figures showing the crime drop down to the force’s dedicated operation to prevent and detect time, and new measures including Bluetooth messages and the ‘Festival Cop’ Twitter account which attracted hundreds of followers.

He added: ‘We’re most grateful for the support of all our partner agencies, particularly Isle of Wight Council, Solent ferry companies, bus operator Southern Vectis, and local media organisations, plus the extra invaluable commitment from members of the public, such as 4x4 vehicle owners, who gave time and expertise to keep residents and visitors safe.’