HAMPSHIRE’S top policeman has criticised Isle of Wight Festival headliners Kings of Leon for breaking the rules.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall spoke out after the band’s fireworks display went off after the 11pm cut-off point on the official opening night. Mr Marshall, head of Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘The festival was a successful event, despite the fact that Kings Of Leon did let off fireworks after the cut-off time of 11pm for the fireworks going off.
‘The organisers have promised to put a fireworks display on for residents to make up for it.’
Mr Marshall spoke at a Hampshire Police Authority meeting in Winchester yesterday where he revealed crime plummeted by 11 per cent at the festival – despite capacity for the event at Seaclose Park, Newport, rising by 25 per cent to 90,000. An organised crime gang who planned to target the event were stopped from reaching the site. Officers predict thefts from tents will be lower than any other festival this summer.