ORGANISERS of Staffordshire’s V Festival and emergency services say this year’s festival has been a “huge success” with crime figures and medical incidents both reduced by a third.
Staffordshire Police Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams said: "We are very pleased with this weekend’s policing operation and V Festival at Weston Park. Our officers, staff and members of the special constabulary have been working closely with the event security teams to ensure everyone has been able to enjoy the festival and stay safe.
"V Festival is like dropping a small town on Weston Park, of course with so many people we looking to enjoy themselves, some criminals will of course try to target visitors so it’s really pleasing that the numbers of crime has significantly reduced compared to previous years. We had officers working around the clock and it's not just within the park, local neighbourhood officers have been on regular patrol in the local communities and our Road Crime team have been working to support the traffic flow around the area.
"This has been a real team effort, event management, security teams and dozens of other partners have worked together to make this weekend such a success, and of course we have already begun to plan for next year."
Medical incidents also dropped by a third. Ted Wilson, event control manager of Venture Event Medical Management, said it was the quietest weekend ever in terms of illness and injuries.
"Figures are much lower,” he said. “We treated 871 people on site, the majority being for slips, trips, cuts and bruises, and a few minor burns.
“Twenty one people were sent to hospital, mainly as a precaution."
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "With thousands of people all in one place, it’s always expected that some people will fall ill and require medical help. At Weston Park, the team of almost 300 staff and volunteers were on hand and have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient is given the very best treatment.”
Fire services also reported a lower number of incidents than in previous years. Station manager Mick Jahn said "We just had a handful of small fires and one van fire that spread to a caravan, which was dealt with very swiftly by the onsite fire team. There have been improvements in fire safety on site this year, which is very encouraging."