Only 10 arrests were made at Victorious Festival

Only 10 arrests were made at Victorious Festival
Only 10 arrests were made at Victorious Festival
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ORGANISERS have praised visitors to a music festival after figures revealed only a handful of arrests were made and crime across the area decreased.

Hampshire Constabulary has said only 10 people were arrested at the Victorious Festival, on August Bank Holiday weekend, for 12 offences.

The charges included possession of class A and class B drugs, being drunk and disorderly in a public place, the use of threatening or abusive words or behaviour and common assault.

Arrests were also made for passing on a thing knowing it was counterfeit and for breaking or likely to break bail.

James Ralls, organiser of Victorious Festival, said he was happy with the low crime rate.

‘We thought the figures were really good,’ he said.

‘I was happy to see that the crime rate in the whole city went down over that weekend.

‘The police were great and were really professional. Vespasian Security were really helpful too and handled the weekend well.’

He added that the family atmosphere would have deterred people from breaking the law.

‘We were quite confident that people would be good and we promoted the event as a fun, family weekend,’ he said.

‘I think that helped encourage people not to cause trouble. No-one wants to fight in front of their grandma or their children.’

Councillor Linda Symes, executive member for leisure and culture at Portsmouth City Council, said it was a credit to the organisers for hosting a safe event.

She said: ‘Both days of the festival were fantastic and I think credit needs to be given to the organisers.

‘It was very clear that the event was for all ages and I think that helped with the crime level.’

Chief Superintendent Scott Chilton added: ‘Victorious was overall a family-friendly event and we’re pleased with the low crime level.

‘We worked closely with the council and the event organisers to ensure it was an enjoyable event for Portsmouth residents and those visiting the city.’

Beer festival

BEER lovers will be treated to a huge range of beers this Christmas.

The organisers of the Victorious Festival, who held Portsmouth Beer Festival in May, are holding a festive version of the event.

It will be coming to Portsmouth Guildhall on December 20 and 21.

Around 120 cask ales will be on offer, as well as 30 different types of cider and mulled varieties.

There will be live music and an emphasis will be put on darker, winter beers given the time of year.

Ben Miles, festival co-organiser, said: ‘We thought it would be great to have a Christmas festival, as it would give people the chance to try out some new beers.

‘I am hoping it will be a great success.

‘We will be working hard to get a good line-up of beers.’

Tickets cost £10 each and are available from The Belle Isle, Little Johnny Russells, The Leopold Tavern, all in Southsea, as well as Brewhouse and Kitchen, in Guildhall Walk.

They can also be bought from the Guildhall box office.