Tayside and Central Scotland

Praise for T in the Park fans despite increase in crime

Rain at T in the Park
Image caption Police said the biggest challenge for organisers was the weather

Organisers of this year's T in the Park festival have praised fans for their good behaviour despite crime levels being up on last year.

A total of 271 incidents were reported, mostly for drug-related offences, and 30 people were arrested by Tayside Police.

Event commander Supt Rick Dunkerley said the weather had been the biggest challenge.

Next year will be the festival's 20th, with some tickets on sale this week.

Tayside Police said they made 30 arrests during the festival and recorded 271 incidents, 208 of those being misuse of drugs offences.

'Proactive detection'

The force also said nine out of every 10 offences that were reported to the police or identified by officers were detected.

Crimes such as theft and possession of offensive weapons were reported to be low.

Supt Dunkerley recognised that the number of reported crimes had risen but said: "It has been another outstanding weekend and, while crimes are up on last year, this is due to the proactive work of our police officers and the stewards working alongside them."

He added: "Those arrested are a very small minority the overwhelming majority of people have come to Balado to have a great time and there is little doubt they have succeeded."

More than 2,000 festival-goers were treated at first aid tents, 810 at the hospital tent while another 33 had to be taken to hospital offsite.

Festival director Geoff Ellis praised those working over the weekend.

He said: "The weather brought us some challenges this weekend, but our strong contingency planning and the dedication and hard work of our team and all of our partner agencies ensured that we could still deliver another excellent event.

"I'd also like to thank the fans for their good humour and their positive attitude, the reason that T in the Park is the favourite festival to play for so many bands is because of the unbelievable welcome that they always get from our audience."

Next year will mark 20 years of T in the Park. The first set of tickets for the event go on sale this week.

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