Tuesday 25 October 2016

Medical treatment for 1,200 people over V Festival weekend

Published 22/08/2016 | 14:16

More than 1,200 people needed medical treatment at this year's V Festival
More than 1,200 people needed medical treatment at this year's V Festival

More than 1,200 people needed medical treatment at this year's V Festival.

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The festival is held across two venues over two days at Weston Park in Staffordshire and Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, with the head-line acts swapping over each night.

This year Justin Bieber and pop singer Rihanna were top-billing along with songstress Sia and DJ David Guetta wowing the crowds.

The event first took place in 1996 when Pulp and Paul Weller head-lined.

West Midlands Ambulance Service, which set up a medical centre at the Staffordshire venue, said it had treated 1,218 patients in all with 40 needing to be taken to hospital.

Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: "With tens of thousands of people all in one place, we're always prepared for the unexpected as it's inevitable that people will fall ill and require our help.

"The team of staff and volunteers have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient received the very best care."

He added the medical care by NHS doctors, nurses, volunteers and St John Ambulance had been a "smooth and successful operation".

Staffordshire Police said it had made 35 arrests at Weston Park, mostly for drugs, public order and assaults while the number of crimes reported was 64, including sexual offences.

Seven cars were also seized on routes around the Midlands venue for driving without insurance or tax, with one arrest on suspicion of drink-driving, and another for a driver failing to stop.

The force said that "a number of investigations will continue and victims have been offered support".

Thousands of festival-goers had to pull on their wellies for both days after a wet weekend for much of the UK.

A fatal multi-vehicle crash on the northbound M6 motorway at Walsall also closed the carriageway from Sunday until the early hours of Monday, with delays affecting those leaving Staffordshire.

Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams, of Staffordshire Police, said the force was pleased with how the "low-crime" festival had gone.

He added that the level of crime had been "around the same level as last year despite 40% more (25,000 extra per day) festival goers".

Mr Sharrard-Williams said the police had worked with the festival organisers and road authorities to minimise delays from the M6 crash for those trying to get home.

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