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Glastonbury crime falls sharply
Moby at Glastonbury 2003
Moby headlined the festival's final day

Final statistics for crime in and around the Glastonbury Festival this year show there has been a fall of more than 40%, police said on Tuesday.

The official round-up came as the last fans left the site of the three-day festival at Worthy Farm site, near Pilton in Somerset.

There were 360 reported crimes overall - a 43% fall from last year's figure of 600 at the same time, said an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman.

Police arrested 189 people during the festival, more than half of them for drug offences. Thirty-five crimes were reported outside the festival site.

There were 164 drug detections during the 2003 event, compared with 72 in 2002 - and all had resulted in drugs being seized.

Robbery down

Police confiscated more than 4,000 ecstasy tablets, as well as substantial amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine. Fifty-eight people have been charged with drug possession.

Robbery was down 79% on last year, with 16 reports compared to 78, making up only 3% of all recorded crime at the event.

The fans' verdicts on Glastonbury 2003

Reports of theft from the person, primarily pick-pockets, were down by 50% on last year with 76 cases compared to 129.

Only six cars were broken into, compared to 85 at last year's festival.

While tent crime made up one-third of this year's offences, it was still 22% down compared to last year.

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.

Images from the final day

Mendip District Council had initially refused to give the festival a licence because of concerns about crime in Pilton, but a spokesman said this year's festival was "very satisfactory".

Mr Eavis said on Sunday: "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 including Prince. Oasis and Sir Paul McCartney are also rumoured headliners.

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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