Reading fans asked to donate tents to Pakistan flood victims

Police are encouraging those attending Reading Festival to donate their tents to victims of the Pakistan floods after this year's event, rather than destroy them.

The plea came after many tents were simply thrown away or even burned at the end of last year's festival.

Volunteers are due to be on site for the three-day festival taking place this weekend (27-29 August) to advise attendees of how they can donate to the five million Pakistanis without shelter.

Det Insp Simon Bedwell told the BBC: “Many festival-goers buy tents specifically for the festival and throw them away or destroy them afterwards.”

This year's headliners are Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink 182.

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Reading Festival 2010 will take place at St John’s Farm, Reading and Leeds Festival 2010 is set to be housed at Branham Park, Yorkshire. Both will take place from 27-29 August.