Reading Festival organisers say site will handle rain

Reading Festival 2012
Image caption Fans soak up the atmosphere as Coheed and Cambria perform live on the main stage at Reading Festival

Reading Festival organisers are confident the site will cope with predicted wet weather.

More than 87,000 music fans will see Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Cure headline the three-day event which began on Friday lunchtime.

Weather forecasters are predicting heavy rain over the weekend at the Richfield Avenue site.

Organisers stress there will not be a repeat of problems seen at this summer's Isle of Wight Festival.

Melvin Benn has been organising and promoting the festival since 1989.

He said: "Reading Festival has been going since 1971 and we've seen much worse conditions than the Isle of Wight experienced earlier this year.

"We've put in an infrastructure at the site with additional pumps over the years to cope with the high water table.

"We're also in the middle of a city and people can either walk or get the train to the site, they don't have to drive here."

Since the festival site opened on Wednesday, 17 crimes have been reported to Thames Valley Police.

They include thefts of two tickets, a pair of shoes and a bag.

Two people have been reported for possession of cannabis, six for drug possession excluding cannabis and another five for possession with intent to supply drugs.

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