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Monday 24 July 2017

Only eight arrested at 'quiet' festival, say gardai

Gardai arrested eight people at Electric Picnic. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Gardai arrested eight people at Electric Picnic. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

GARDAI arrested eight people at Electric Picnic, where more than 30,000 music lovers gathered over the weekend.

Officers said the festival was "quiet" with only four people arrested for public order offences, three for supplying drugs and one in relation to the suspected theft of a motor vehicle.

A spokesperson said gardai also cautioned a number of people for minor drugs offences. "A number of drugs offences or simple possession will be dealt with by a summons, subject to analysis of the substances," they said.

Meanwhile, torrential rainfall caused one-hour delays for revellers leaving Stradbally in Co Laois yesterday morning.

Delays

"Certainly, the weather really slowed things down. There was extra heavy rainfall overnight and heavy surface water this morning, so there were additional delays leaving car parks," said the AA's Louise Duffy.

The campsite closed at 1pm and all car parks were emptied by 3pm yesterday.

"At 2pm, 95pc of concert-goers had left the site. Despite the weather, everything went smoothly," added Ms Duffy.

The three-day festival catered for everyone, from the very young to the old.

LCD Soundsystem, Imelda May, Mumford & Sons, Massive Attack and Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music topped the music bill, while the 'Body and Soul' arena and the 'Spoken Word' areas offered further choices of engaging debate, holistic therapies and other recreational pursuits.

Irish Independent

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