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Sunday, 19 August, 2001, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Man arrested for invading Kylie gig
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue: Continued singing after the disturbance
A man has been arrested at the V2001 rock festival after clambering onto a stage and running towards singer Kylie Minogue, who was performing a dance routine.

He was charged with breach of the peace, but police said the Australian pop star was never in any danger at the music festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.

Security staff immediately grabbed the intruder and led him away.

But police said today that overall the rock event had passed off peacefully and that only three other arrests were made - one man for being drunk and disorderly and two for possession of drugs.

Minogue had been singing at an indoor concert with limited audience space and some of her fans had earlier expressed disappointment that they could not gain entry.

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Fans enjoy the sunshine while it lasts
Superintendent Dave Folcard of Essex police said: "The police operation has been a success with only a handful of arrests made.

But it's a shame rain put a dampener on the event towards the end of the day."

The two-day event, which has received a liberal sprinkling of rain, was headlined by rock outfits Red Hot Chili Peppers, Texas, Coldplay and The Charlatans.

About 50,000 fans were expected to converge on Essex and Staffordshire for the festival.

Former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn commented on the weather as he took to the stage, promising "I've got a whole range of songs about the weather just for occasions like this".

Big Brother

He went on to sing Four Seasons In One Day, just as the skies darkened and rain started spitting.

Muse, Wheatus, JJ72 and Toploader entertained on the WTV stage, while Kylie Minogue, Tricky and Ian Brown were undercover in the JJB Arena.

The dance tent was handed over to south coast club promoters Slinky, who will be hosting a number of big name DJs, including Rob Tissera and Daniel Bailey.

Big Brother 2's Dean O'Loughlin was also expected to play a live gig in the Virgin Radio VIP tent.

The guitarist and songwriter was to play two songs - a cover of the Kinks' Sunny Afternoon and his own track, Deluxe.

Deluxe was last heard being sung by Dean to Helen in the Big Brother house.

Arrests

At V2001's sister venue in Weston Park, Staffordshire, police said they had cautioned 317 people for possession of drugs.

The Weston Park section of the split festival attracted about 60,000 music fans and officers carried out random drug searches at several of the Weston Park entrances.

A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Police said: "A total of 11,000 worth of cannabis was seized along with smaller quantities of Ecstasy, amphetamine, speed, LSD and cocaine.

She added that no crack or heroin was recovered.

Police also made several arrests for theft.



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