Crime down at BoomTown 2014
Posted by Andy Goddard
Posted in News
Initial figures show positive crime statistics recorded at BoomTown Fair 2014, after a successful policing operation alongside multiple agencies.
In comparison to previous years, reports of theft, criminal damage, assault and possession of drugs have reduced, whilst the multi agency operation supported by the event organisers to target persons dealing drugs has led to an increase in the number of arrests for drugs supply offences
Initial information, which may change as reports will continue to be received after the event, shows that by the end of the festival:
Approximately £70,000 of drugs were seized.
£15,000 in cash was seized at the event under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Around sixty people were arrested and dealt with away from the event.
Violence remained very low, with only four reports received.
Sixty-four thefts from tents had been reported, compared to eighty-two immediately following the festival in 2013.
Hampshire Constabulary worked alongside Winchester City Council, Hampshire Highways and Boomtown’s traffic management organisers to tackle traffic congestion on the roads surrounding the site.
While there was an increase in traffic as vehicles entered and left the site in large numbers, the traffic management plan being operated minimised significant disruption on all major routes.
Chief Inspector Ian Whyton oversaw policing at the event:
“I’m pleased that these initial statistics reflect a successful policing operation at BoomTown this year. In partnership with the event organisers and Winchester City Council, Hampshire Constabulary worked hard to ensure the safety of around 36,000 members of the public onsite.
“While these figures may change in the days following the festival as more reports are made to us, they provide an indication that our proactive approach alongside our partners and event organisers to tackling issues such as drug possession and theft has really paid off this year.
“The festival organisers have also helped to target the supply of drugs, onsite especially by promoting an extremely powerful message from the family of Ellie Rowe about the dangers of drug usage.”
Police are not treating the death of a 31-year-old woman at this year’s festival as suspicious at this time and the matter has now been handed to the coroner.
An inquest has been opened and adjourned until October 7. Police have provided support to her relatives including her husband, who was at the festival with her.