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THE organisers of a music festival have escaped legal action following complaints about noise and safety.

Winchester City Council has decided not to take any formal action against the premises licence holder, Peveril Bruce, and promoters of the Boomtown Festival, held at Matterley Bowl near Winchester in August.

Council officers investigating the complaints found some technical conditions were breached, but they were of a minor nature and caused no problems or danger to the public attending the event.

Noise limits were breached, but organisers lowered the volume when the breaches became apparent.

The council decided it would not be in the public interest to push for a prosecution, but would be working more closely with the licence holder.

John Myall, council licensing manger, said: ‘The council takes the licensing of events very seriously to ensure that they are safe for attendees, and also do not impact too negatively on local residents.

‘We work with license holders and events promoters to evaluate events and ensure conditions are being met, and we will take formal action where appropriate.’