Crime drops at Isle of Wight Festival

REVELLERS have been praised after an '˜overall reduction' of crime at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Monday, 12th June 2017, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 3:29 pm
Police with revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival 2017. Picture: @FestivalCop

Figures from the event show there were 41 offences recorded, compared to 85 last year and 117 in 2015.

Nine arrests were made this year, police said.

In a statement, Hampshire police said the force was ‘confronted by the additional challenges which have affected forces nationwide in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK’.

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Superintendent Simon Dodds said: ‘For another year running, Isle of Wight Festival has proved to be a low-crime and safe event thanks to the good-natured attitude of the vast majority of attendees.

‘The successful operation came together as a result of the close working relationship with partner agencies and organisers through the event’s Safety Advisory Group.

‘We have together achieved the intended outcome – an event which has helped keep both festival-goers and local island residents safe.’