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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Glastonbury on course for record low crime level

Rubbish in front of the Pyramid Stage after the Glastonbury Festival
Rubbish in front of the Pyramid Stage after the Glastonbury Festival
A festivalgoer walks through the aftermath of the final night at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Muddy revellers head home
The 135,000 festival-goers are expected to leave behind 500,000 sacks of rubbish
People pick litter in front of the Pyramid Stage
Tents were rolled up for the exodus
Abandoned camping chairs after the festival
Some fans seemed reluctant to leave
Some 57 tonnes of reusable items and 1,022 tonnes of recycling will be gathered
It was a muddy trek home for many
Some revellers abandoned their tents

This year's Glastonbury Festival is on course for a record low level of crime and arrests.

The 2015 festival saw the best ever crime rates for the music and arts celebration at Worthy Farm in Somerset and this year is poised for even lower figures.

There had been 40 arrests by 10am on Monday, compared with 72 in 2015, and 186 reported crimes, compared with 242 last year, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Some 114 of the reported crimes this year were thefts from tents.

The figures come as campers and revellers make their way home from the site, leaving behind tonnes of debris.

A major clean-up operation is under way on Worthy Farm as the 1,000 acre festival site is turned back into farm land, with 1,800 litter pickers scouring the grounds for rubbish while revellers pack up their tents and head for the exits.

The 135,000 festival-goers are expected to leave behind 500,000 sacks of rubbish, 57 tonnes of reusable items and 1,022 tonnes of recycling, according to the Glastonbury Free Press.

The muddy conditions which plagued arrivals on Wednesday and continued throughout the festival made things difficult for departing cars and camper vans and some vehicles have been towed out of the mud.

The AA said they were preparing for the busiest day of the festival but police said there had been no traffic incidents so far and more than half the cars had made it off the site by 9am.

On Sunday evening, headliners Coldplay closed the festival on the Pyramid Stage, bringing on special guests including festival founder Michael Eavis - who performed Frank Sinatra's My Way - and Bee Gees star Barry Gibb.

The group also paid tribute to the late band Viola Beach, who were killed in February. They gave Viola Beach their posthumous Glastonbury debut by performing their song Boys That Sing.

Muse made a triumphant return to Glastonbury Festival when they played the Pyramid Stage on Friday, completing their hat-trick - having now headlined all nights of the festival.

Adele overcame her nerves about the size of the crowd to make her Glastonbury debut, which she hailed "the best moment of my life".

Between cackled anecdotes and rambling expletive-filled musings, Adele treated the crowd to hits from her career-making Hometown Glory to Send My Love and When We Were Young from her new album 25.

Glastonbury also paid tribute to David Bowie, with an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt suspended above the Pyramid Stage, as well as hosting flash mobs, singalongs, and a classical orchestra headline act on the Park Stage.

Across the festival, acts made sure to include many of Bowie's songs as parts of their set.

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