Over 100,000 music lovers headed to Chelmsford and Staffordshire to celebrate the seventh annual V festival. The crowds basked in glorious sunshine, slapping on the sun tan lotion as temperatures reached 30 degrees.
[r-zone1]Reported crime was lower than last year. In Staffordshire, approximately 800 police officers were involved in making the event as safe and secure as possible. During the event there were 223 crimes reported compared with 335 at last year’s event. 30 arrests were made compared to 42 in 2001. In Chelmsford, Essex police made just 22 arrests over the entire weekend.
[l-zone2]In Staffordshire, 754 people required First Aid and a further 64 people were treated at the on site medical centre – many for sun stroke and dehyydration. There were no reported drug related incidents. 8 people were taken to hospital for X-rays on minor injuries – none of which required patients to be detained. In Hylands Park, Chelmsford, St John’s Ambulance dealt with 450 minor casualties onsite on day one and a further 350 on day two. Five of those were conveyed to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.
[r-zone3]The event raised £40,000 for local charities through donations made by the VIP’s in attendance at V as they signed into the guest area. Francis Ampoto a local boy who suffers from autism will benefit from these funds along with a number of charities including: NSPCC, Chelmsford Mayors Charity, Children’s Nationwide, Broomfield Hospital, Samaritans, Essex Air Ambulance, Downs Syndrome Association, Writtle Parish Council, McMillan Cancer Relief, Build A Home and Alzheimers.
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