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Last Updated: Monday, 30 June, 2003, 07:46 GMT 08:46 UK
Damp end for 2003 Glastonbury
Moby at Glastonbury 2003
Moby headlined the final day
More than 100,000 festival-goers are making a sticky getaway after rain on the final evening of Glastonbury.

Rain broke into fine weather on the final day, which included sets from Moby, the Manic Street Preachers and Feeder.

There is a risk of further rain during Monday, as most fans pack up their tents and leave the site at Worthy Farm, near Pilton in Somerset.

Moby closed the festival with the song Creep, a hit for Saturday night's headline band, Radiohead. REM led the bill on Friday night.

Police said crime in and around the site had been almost halved over the weekend, with 316 reported crimes recorded by 0800 BST on Monday, with a further 142 drug detections.

The fans' verdicts on Glastonbury 2003

Organiser Michael Eavis hailed the show as "the best ever, without a shadow of a doubt" and said he the future of the event was now secure.

"We have finally got it right. Last year it was the fence, this year it was the outside security. People have taken in all the messages," he said.

In all, reported crime was down 47% compared with 2002, with 167 people being arrested, mainly for drug offences or theft.

Robbery was down 79% on 2002, with 16 reports compared with 78 last year.

Reports of theft from the person had halved to 64, while 132 thefts from tents had been notified to police, down 26% on the previous year.

Images from the final day

Security in Pilton and the surrounding area had been a major issue for Mr Eavis, and 35 crimes had been recorded in the village and in the festival car parks.

Mendip District Council had initially refused to give the festival a licence because of concerns about crime in Pilton, but a spokesman for the authority told BBC News Online on Sunday the situation was "very satisfactory", adding the biggest source of complaints had been the number of fireworks let off by revellers.

Mr Eavis said on Sunday: "Things are looking very, very good for the future with the council and the village.

Glastonbury litter squad

"Last night was the first night ever when I haven't had a phone call in the night from some irate neighbour."

He is already planning 2004's festival - saying he already had three headliners lined up with Prince already confirmed for next year's event.

Asked if Oasis would be one of next year's headliners he said: "You can draw your own conclusions. I'm not saying."

Mr Eavis also said he hoped Sir Paul McCartney would play.

After this year's 112,500 tickets sold out in a record 18 hours, Mr Eavis said he was unlikely to increase the capacity, but planned to set up a database of ticket-holders to allow fans to come once every other year.




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