Page last updated at 15:43 GMT, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 16:43 UK

Bonfire celebrations scaled down

Lewes bonfire celebrations
More than 50,000 people attended the celebrations last year, police said

A decision has been made to limit the numbers of people attending the bonfire celebrations in Lewes by reducing trains to the Sussex town this year.

Southern rail firm confirmed it would be running a normal service to Lewes on bonfire night - last year it provided 10 extra trains from Brighton.

It followed a request by police and council authorities, the company said.

Lewes District Council said moves had been taken to keep crowds to a "safe and comfortable level".

A council spokeswoman said information was due to be released at the end of next week, after a meeting of statutory organisations - which include police, fire and council authorities - held on 22 September.

The additional 10 train services provided by Southern last year all ran to Lewes during the five-hour period between 1555 GMT and 2100 GMT.

'Largest event'

More than 50,000 people converged on the town's narrow streets to watch the annual bonfire event last year, according to Sussex Police.

According to the force, the event is the largest annual policing operation in Sussex.

More than 400 officers were deployed last year to help ensure public safety.

It said about 19,500 people travelled to the town by train, with officers from British Transport Police and the Sussex force on hand to manage crowds and minimise risk of injury and damage to property.

In 2008, five people needed hospital treatment for minor injuries and 10 arrests were made for public order offences - although two of those were non-bonfire related matters.

The bonfire event in Lewes is thought to be largest of its kind in the country.



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