40,000 people pack Lewes for Bonfire celebrations


Around 40,000 people - 10,000 more than last year - took part in the 2014 Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

Sussex Police say they and partner agencies worked throughout the evening to ensure that the spectacle was enjoyed by the crowds who thronged the streets.

The event’s police commander, Superintendent Laurence Taylor, said: “Despite 5 November falling midweek, the substantial turnout by spectators underlined its continuing popularity.

“At public events of this size there is always the potential for incidents of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.

“The policing of this event involves months of preparation, planning and consultation with the bonfire societies, the other emergency services and partners, with the main aim being to provide a safe environment for both participants and spectators alike.

“Around 22,000 people travelled into Lewes by train and officers from both British Transport Police and Sussex Police were on hand to help manage the crowds and minimise the risk of personal injury and damage to property.

“I am particularly grateful to the stewards who worked tremendously hard along the processional route to ensure that onlookers were protected from potential injury.”

South East Coast Ambulance and St John Ambulance treated 49 individuals for injuries, with just six people needing hospital treatment. None of the injuries were believed to be serious.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue reported a largely quiet night, being called upon to deal with fewer than 10 incidents, all minor. The provision of extra water butts to douse spent torches and good co-operation from stewards made a significant contribution to this figure.

A total of 10 people were arrested for offences which included being drunk and disorderly and anti-social behaviour.