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Glastonbury 1999 Monday, 28 June, 1999, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Festival fans praised by police
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Andrea Corr performs at Glastonbury on Sunday
Police have praised the crowds at this year's Glastonbury Festival as the last of the revellers make their way home from the site.

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Although there were many reports of increased crime, the Avon and Somerset force put the increase in the number of arrests - 268, 70 up from last year - down to a police crackdown on offenders.

Superintendent John Buckley, who was in charge of policing the site at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, said: "There was a wonderful family atmosphere during the festival.

"The vast majority of fans were friendly, co-operative, and just wanted to have a good time."

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Police made a number of drug seizures
There were 1,400 crimes during the three-day event, all but 100 of which were thefts from cars or tents. Of the arrests, 104 were for theft and 95 were for drugs offences.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said he is considering encouraging more people to bring caravans to the festival next year, to help prevent thefts from tents.

The last of the 100,000 festival-goers are now making their way home from the site, which on Sunday night saw performances from The Corrs, Lenny Kravitz, Skunk Anansie and the Fun Lovin' Criminals on the main stage.

Skunk Anansie's lead singer Skin gets in touch with the crowds
The weather continued to be kind to the event, after the bright sunshine at the start of the festival. Any rainfall was brief and did not do much to upset the proceedings, in contrast to the downpours that turned the previous two events into mudbaths.

Skunk Anansie lead singer Skin lived up to her reputation as an energetic performer. At one point she leapt over to the lead guitarist and licked his bald head before reclaiming centre stage.

Movie heart-throb Keanu Reeves brought glamour to the final day by playing with his hobby band Dogstar.

Although Reeves is one of the world's highest paid stars, he was not entitled to play the main stage - Dogstar performed on the Other Stage which is reserved for less mainstream acts.

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Cool and collected: Keanu Reeves arrives on the site
His set went down well with fans - but he had to dodge bottles and fruit thrown from some sections of the audience.

Asked why he was playing at Glastonbury, the star of box-office hit The Matrix said: "Because we heard it was fabulous and Michael Eavis said he'd have us."

Other highlights on Sunday afternoon included soul legend Al Green, who played to a packed main stage dressed in a white suit and carrying a red rose.

Festival Medical Services had seen exactly 3,700 patients by 2000 BST on Sunday, which outstripped last year's total of about 3,000. But there was a notable absence of serious injuries this time.

A spokeswoman said: "It's been amazingly quiet, people have been taking good care of themselves and while we have seen more of them, we've seen far fewer of the serious injuries or mishaps this year."

Most cases were breaks and sprains caused by people falling awkwardly, burns from stoves and a number of dehydration cases.

One woman reported to the medical tent because she thought she was going into labour, but it proved to be a false alarm.

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