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Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
MP's anger over rock festival 'battle'
Burning portakabin at the Carling music festival in Leeds
Rioters set fire to a portakabin at the festival
An MP has demanded a new venue for a music festival which has ended in violence for the third time in successive years.

Several hundred music fans at the Carling festival in Temple Newsam, near Leeds, went on the rampage in the early hours of Monday.

They burned two toilet blocks to the ground and hurled missiles at police.

Leeds East MP George Mudie called on the city council to ensure there was no repeat of the "Battle of Temple Newsam".

George Mudie MP
George Mudie MP demands a new venue

He said: "Enough is enough. We have had this festival for a number of years and in each of the last few years we have had trouble.

"These problems have grown in intensity until Monday night's Battle of Temple Newsam.

"I want the council to have serious discussions about taking it out of a public park and into more appropriate land.

"It is not a great problem. We have extensive green belt and I am sure a farmer would jump at the chance of making some brass."

The festival - which featured acts such as Guns 'n' Roses and The Prodigy - was staged in parkland surrounding a former stately home.

It has prompted complaints from residents in the past over noise and litter as well as violence.

Mr Mudie said he felt the council was pressurised into capitulating after it initially refused the festival a licence following complaints about violence at the 2001 event.

It failed to contest an appeal against the decision launched by promoter Mean Fiddler.

Mr Mudie said he was concerned about reports that the council was negotiating with Mean Fiddler about the festival remaining at the same site for the next few years.

Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses
Guns 'n' Roses were playing at the festival

Leeds City Council has said it would not be rushed into a decision about the future of the event.

Licensing committee chairman, Councillor Jack Dunn, said: "It would be totally wrong of me to predetermine any application in this way.

"We had licensing officers on site throughout this event who will bring their comments before the panel.

"Also, we will listen to the comments of the police."

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Mean Fiddler, said a small minority had ruined the three-day event for the majority of fans.

He added: "We will not give in to the mindless minority and will strive to make the festival even better next year.

"We are in negotiations to extend the event at Temple Newsam as it is a fantastic site.

"No-one from Mean Fiddler has put pressure on the council over this event."


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