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Last Updated: Friday, 27 June, 2003, 23:00 GMT 00:00 UK
Glastonbury fans soak up spirit
Suede
Suede performed on Friday night
More than 100,000 people are soaking up music and sunshine as the three-day Glastonbury Festival in Somerset gets into full swing.

Sunshine bathed the site at Worthy Farm, near Pilton, after series of heavy showers doused festival-goers earlier.

Hotly-tipped rock revivalists The Darkness opened proceedings on the main Pyramid Stage, and once the rain had cleared revellers were able to enjoy sets by Echo and The Bunnymen and De La Soul in bright sunshine.

Avon and Somerset Police said 78 people had been arrested by 1600 BST, mainly for drug offences or theft.

Some 102 crimes had been reported - a third of those being theft from tents.

Arrests

The force said officers had been working with colleagues nationwide to gether information on known troublemakers.

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Earlier in the day, the police said 24% of those arrested were from Merseyside, and undercover officers from the area's police force were mingling with the crowds at Glastonbury.

Although robberies are substantially down on last year, festival-goers have been advised not to leave valuables in tents.

REM are headlining on Friday evening, while across the weekend Radiohead, David Gray, Manic Street Preachers, The Sugababes, Suede, Moby and The Coral are among the other acts lined up.

Police at this year's event - the 25th - have mounted the largest security operation at the festival to date.

There are around 750 uniformed police and support staff on site, as well as extra CCTV.

Number-plate recognition technology is being used to apprehend known criminals before they get to the festival site.

A help-point has been set up in the village to give locals a point of contact for any complaints or worries.

Ticket touts

The police are also asking those on site to look out for anyone acting suspiciously and advising people to not buy tickets from touts.

Security has been heightened at this year's event

Police have mounted a new campaign against ticket touts in the Pilton area.

Touts had set up about six roadside stalls on the approach to the festival selling tickets for up to 250.

One alleged tout said he had received tickets free from an allocation to local villagers.

About 500 people have offered tickets for sale at face value on the Scarlet Mist website, designed to thwart the touts.

Police are warning people that official Glastonbury staff will be checking the validity of tickets at one site only.

Sell-out

Both police and Mr Eavis have warned people who do not have tickets to stay away from the festival.

On Thursday a handful of people tried to scale the fence - with some jumping straight into the security area.

Mr Eavis received an anonymous 250 postal order from someone who confessed to have entered illegally three years running.

The festival's 112,000 tickets sold out in only 18 hours, a record for the festival.




WATCH AND LISTEN
The BBC's Jon Kay reports from Glastonbury
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