Isle of Wight Festival: Crime down at festival

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Isle of Wight Festival: Crime down at festival

Thousands of revellers enjoyed a safe Isle of Wight Festival 2014, according to police. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

CRIME at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival was cut by almost half, according to provisional police figures.

Hampshire Constabulary said effective teamwork between different agencies at Seaclose Park helped keep crime low at this year’s music event.

Provisional figures have revealed the number of crimes dropped to 84 from 159 last year, a drop of 47 per cent.

There were 44 reports of burglary and theft — a reduction of 70 on last year — with four violent crimes reported, compared to 12 last year.

Isle of Wight Festival policing commander, Ch Supt Scott Chilton, said: "Keeping tens of thousands of people safe in and around Seaclose Park is a huge policing challenge, which we met successfully again this year. Close co-operation with other agencies through the event's Safety Advisory Group was vital.

"Residents living close to the festival site were not forgotten by our Safer Neighbourhoods teams, who did extra patrols over the weekend.

"The festival police office proved to be popular with visitors, who picked up free tips and technology to protect their personal possessions.

"Many people followed our precautions before the festival by reading advice online and meeting our special constables at the Island’s ferry terminals.

"We appreciated the relaxed and good-natured attitude of the vast majority of people to make it a safe, low-crime event."

The A&E department at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, was quiet, with only a few festival-related cases dealt with over the weekend, an Isle of Wight NHS spokesman said.

Festimed provided a medical service on the site and Isle of Wight NHS, a pharmacy.

• Around 200 revellers signed up to become members of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Foundation Trust. The trust now has 4,000 members and is hoping to recruit another 2,000 by April 2017.


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by Barry Lewis

20th June 2014, at 18:09:19

It's important not to confuse "the police" (those hard working frontline uniformed officers) with the Senior police officers that sit at their desk and issue press releases!

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by Jack Woodford

20th June 2014, at 10:47:52

I'm afraid you miss the point, dude. I agree it is good news indeed. But it appears on the evidence of the report above to be down to the behaviour of festival goers, not the police tactics..
I just think credit should go where credit is due. The implication of the report is that had the police not taken action there would not have been a reduction, That is a false premise.

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by Baz Taylor

20th June 2014, at 09:09:03

The DUDE man is back! Why be so pedantic an nit-picking Jack? Crime was DOWN. That can only be a good thing for the Festival!

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by George Hollett

19th June 2014, at 15:27:31

@ Jack

I see, thank you Jack for clearing that little matter up. I did write that 'one might make the assumption' - I wasn't actually suggesting anything either way - just in case you though that perhaps I was.

Like you, I am a supporter of the Police & agree with the comments you have made in their support.

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by Jack Woodford

19th June 2014, at 13:56:18

To be clear George, I am very much a supporter of the police. It's an awfully difficult job and I take my hat off to the men and women who take on such a task. Unfortunately this site is full of dudes like me who like to pontificate however.

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by George Hollett

19th June 2014, at 13:55:04

@ Harry - although we seem to have our differences over school uniform, your comment regarding an awards night is quite funny. Like you, I hope they find the missing woman soon. There was a reported sighting but I have heard nothing since...

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by George Hollett

19th June 2014, at 13:07:56

I say Jack, one in the eye for the Police might make the assumption that you are not very 'pro-police' ?

Indeed, you have a very good point. However, we can also add to this the suggestion that not as much crime was actually reported. Perhaps another fact that should not be ignored? Just a thought...

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by Jack Woodford

19th June 2014, at 12:49:05

This smacks of yet more police spin. To say crime was cut by half makes the assumption the reduction was down to police measures. That is not necessarily the case - the reduction could be down to passive factors. For example it could be that the dudes who attended this year were just a better bunch/had a different lifestyle profile/age.
On the evidence presented in this article, you can safely say that crime fell but not that crime was cut.
It may seem a trivial point but the police - more than most - should have attention to detail. And they should not seek to take plaudits for the good behaviour of others.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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