Medics treat 1,600 V Festival fans at Weston Park

More than 1,600 people were treated, mainly for minor injuries, by on-site medical staff at the weekend's V Festival in Staffordshire.

Forty people were taken to hospital during event at Weston Park near the Shropshire border.

They included a woman burnt by a gas stove and a man in his 30s who had a suspected heart attack.

West Midlands Ambulance Service, Venture Event Medical Management and St John Ambulance provided medical cover.

The number is up from previous years, but ambulance service spokesman Chris Kowalik said the rise was mostly due to the fact that crews have a much bigger presence at the festival and it is easier for people to be treated.

However he attributed some of the increase to a musical shift which saw more pop acts at this year's event.

"We've seen a change in the age of the average fesitivalgoer and maybe they are not as festival savvy as the traditional rock audience."

Staffordshire Police said that a total of 85 people had been arrested, mainly for theft and drug-related offences - up from 76 last year.

Superintendent Dave Holdway said: "With 90,000 people on site each day, crime levels were very low."

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