Police arrest 35 people over Sonisphere Festival weekend at Knebworth
A TOTAL of 35 people were arrested throughout the four days Sonisphere festival-goers were on site at Knebworth, police have revealed. Some 130 crimes were reported, including thefts from tents and vehicles, and drug offences – altho
A TOTAL of 35 people were arrested throughout the four days Sonisphere festival-goers were on site at Knebworth, police have revealed.
Some 130 crimes were reported, including thefts from tents and vehicles, and drug offences - although none were deemed serious or violent.
Supt Simon Hawkins commended the figures, which he described as relatively low.
He said: "This is the first ever event of its kind staged at Knebworth and we have spent the last year working with the organisers in preparation for it.
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"Every crime leaves a victim and while numbers of incidents may seem significant given the thousands of people who attended the festival, work by officers, PCSOs, event security and others has proved extremely effective in ensuring these figures were kept as low as possible."
Sonisphere director Stuart Galbraith described the relaxed festival vibe around Knebworth as the "best atmosphere I've experienced in 25 years of putting on rock festivals".
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