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32 Arrests At Leeds Festival


9:10am 28th August 2012
(Updated 9:17am 28th August 2012)

32 arrests were made at Leeds Festival over the weekend.

The crimes included theft and drugs offences, with 87 crimes recorded.

West Yorkshire Police have praised music fans that went to the event.

West Yorkshire Police Statement:

West Yorkshire Police paid tribute to music fans from across the country as the Leeds Festival came to a close.

As Leeds Festival goers left Bramham today (Monday August 27, 2012) West Yorkshire Police event commander Chief Superintendent Andy Battle said:

"The atmosphere throughout the weekend has been fantastic. It felt like a relaxed party. It was obvious everyone was excited about the live bands and enjoying the entertainment in a safe venue."

Throughout the weekend 32 people were arrested for offences including theft, drugs offences and theft from cars and 87 crimes were recorded.

West Yorkshire Police have worked closely with the event organisers to support the traffic management plan and deal firmly with anyone found trying to profit from illegal activity on or around the venue.

Additional police patrols were mounted in the surrounding villages throughout the event. On Saturday night these patrols arrested three men and a woman from Barking, Essex, and seized a haul of mobile phones which are believed to have been stolen from people within the festival. Two people have been charged and held in custody with the remaining two released on bail pending further enquiries by North East Leeds CID.

Police also worked alongside West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Leeds City Council Environmental enforcement, Licensing, and Festival Republic to remove ticket touts and illegal traders from the surrounding villages to good effect this year.

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