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Last Updated: Monday, 29 August 2005, 04:31 GMT 05:31 UK
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Veteran rockers Iron Maiden and younger outfit Foo Fighters have closed the twin Reading and Leeds music festivals in front of around 120,000 rock fans.

The Pixies were the third headliner as all the performers played both events running from Friday to Sunday.

Melvin Benn, of organisers Mean Fiddler, said Reading had enjoyed "glorious sunshine and happy crowds".

Police said crime - largely thefts from tents and drugs offences - at the Berkshire event was down 27% on 2004.

Thames Valley Police attributed a rise in arrests from 63 to 83 on last year to greater "vigilance and presence".

Mr Benn said: "We have had a musically fantastic weekend, blessed with glorious sunshine and happy crowds.

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"We have also had significant reductions in crime, medical casualties and fires. It's been a great weekend."

The third day at Reading saw performances from acts including Marilyn Manson, Iggy and the Stooges and Bloc Party, while on stage in West Yorkshire were Kings of Leon, Razorlight and Babyshambles.

The events also offered comedy and cabaret, and a stage for unsigned acts.

Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis was also present, fronting her band Juliette and The Licks.

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