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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Glastonbury exodus gets under way
Muse
Muse headlined on the final day
Music fans were heading home from the three-day Glastonbury Festival on Monday as police hailed crime figures as the lowest-ever in its history.

Roads around the Somerset site were expected to be busy during the day.

Rock bands Muse and Supergrass and indie icon Morrissey were among the final performers on Sunday.

With 150,000 people on the site in total, police said 278 crimes had been reported by Monday morning - compared with 466 at the same point in 2003.

Just two robberies had been reported, while Avon and Somerset officers said there had been 50 thefts from tents, down from 128 last year.

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Millions of pounds have been spent securing the site at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, since an estimated 100,000 people gatecrashed the event in 2000.

Police are also advising drivers to take care leaving the site, with many of the roads and tracks around the very muddy and slippery after the weekend rain.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Monday into the death of a man who died at the festival.

Two women from the Swindon area, aged 29 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs following the death of Neil Clinning, from Cleveleys, Lancashire. They have released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The clean-up operation is expected to take several days with some 650 tonnes of rubbish to be collected. Workers will sort through it for recyclable materials.

Michael Eavis
Michael Eavis said he doubted the festival could expand
Other festival highlights included performances by Sir Paul McCartney, Oasis, Basement Jaxx, Joss Stone, Jamie Cullum and the Chemical Brothers.

On Sunday the English National Opera brought high culture to Glastonbury on the final day with a performance on its main stage of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis said on Sunday the event, which he founded in 1970, "just keeps getting better".

But he doubted if the festival - which accepts 112,000 ticketholders - could expand any futher.

"So many people want to come, you can't satisfy two-and-a-half million. Will an extra 25,000 help?," he said.

He added: "When I see long queues for the loos, I wonder whether we can cope with any more or not."

Performances at the festival have already seen a positive impact in terms of sales.

Just hours after Glastonbury performances were broadcast live on BBC Two, albums by artists performing experienced a surge in sales on Amazon.co.uk.

The Oasis album (What's the Story) Morning Glory experienced a 333% increase in sales since the beginning of the festival.

Other artists whose performances led to albums experiencing sales surges were Paul McCartney, Franz Ferdinand and Muse, whose albums Back in the World, Franz Ferdinand and Absolution rose by 300%, 300% and 240%.


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