Police welcome a good start to Wild Life Festival

POLICE arrested just five people out of the 35,000 music-lovers that flocked to Sussex’s biggest music festival, Wild Life, yesterday (June 6).

Sunday, 7th June 2015, 9:50 am
Revellers soaked up the friendly atmosphere of the Wild Life Festival   PHOTOS: Eddie Mitchell
Revellers soaked up the friendly atmosphere of the Wild Life Festival PHOTOS: Eddie Mitchell

The force has hailed the day as a success, with very minor instances of antisocial behaviour taking place at the venue, inside the grounds of Shoreham Airport.

A police spokesman thanked the public for its patience and added that the festival ‘passed off in a largely warm and pleasant atmosphere, matched perfectly by the weather’.

Officers arrested five people and cautioned 26 others, mainly in relation to drink and drugs offences.

Thousands of music lovers watched Jess Glyne perform on the main stage yesterday PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

All were excluded, so forfeiting the cost of their tickets.

With the festival continuing today and another 35,000 fans expected on site, Superintendent Jim Bartlett, was pleased.

He said: “We’ve worked closely with the event organisers to take positive action against people attending in possession of drugs or intent on causing trouble.

“As well as being dealt with by the police they will also be excluded and removed from the event by the organisers.

These young fans were star struck as they watched their music idol perform on stage PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

“We are looking forward to people watching Sunday’s bands in a similarly safe and sensible manner.”

Officers will once again be out in force checking festival goers at the main entrances of the event.

They will be using specially trained dogs to sniff out drugs.

All those found with illegal substances on them could face arrest and ejection from the music festival.

Chart-topper George Ezra thrilling the crowds PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

Today is expected to see temperatures hit about 18 deg C.

For a live blog of the event, click here.

To get involved, tweet us your picture using #wildlifefestival

For yesterday’s coverage, see here.

PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

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There was plenty of action to see yesterday PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

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'Hold one, let me take a selfie' PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell