Essex

V Festival: Police make 100 arrests at Essex site

Police made 100 arrests at the V Festival in Essex over the weekend.

They arrested 87 people for drug offences, eight for theft and five for assaults on police officers.

Fifty arrests were for possession of drugs, including 23 for cannabis, and 37 people were arrested for possession of other controlled substances with intent to supply.

Police said the number of reported crimes was slightly higher than last year's figure.

About 170,000 people attended over the two days of the festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.

Those arrested included a 17-year-old boy from Chelmsford, charged with possession of class A and class B drugs.

Random searches

He has been bailed to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on 30 August.

Four men have also been charged with drugs offences. One appeared before magistrates in Southend on Monday and three others have been bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 23 September.

Festivalgoers were given the chance to dispose of drugs in amnesty bins before entering Hylands Park.

On the site, police used drugs dogs and carried out random searches.

A number of people were issued cannabis warnings and police are still questioning some of those arrested who remain in custody.

The remainder have been bailed pending further investigations until various dates in September and October 2011.

A 23-year-old man from Braintree has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle and others have been bailed while police continue their investigations.

'Safe event'

A 32-year-old woman from Romford has been charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer and bailed to appear before Chelmsford magistrates on 14 September.

Supt Steve Johnson of Essex Police said: "The V Festival is traditionally a safe event and this year was no different.

"Unfortunately there will always be a small number of people who come to the festival for the wrong reasons and we worked covertly and overtly to stop them in their tracks."

First-aiders at the event treated 801 casualties and took 13 people to hospital.

A 120-strong team from Essex St John Ambulance provided medical cover for the event at Hylands Park, Chelmsford with East of England Ambulance Service.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said a large number of people were treated for drink-related problems, as well as leg and ankle injuries.

At the festival's other site at Weston Park, Staffordshire, more than 1,600 people were treated by medical staff.

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