The number of assaults, public order incidents and sexual offences at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival increased – but police say crime at the event dropped overall, compared to last year.
According to initial figures released by Hampshire Constabulary, there were 85 criminal incidents reported this year. That is down from 90 compared to last year.
There was also an overall reduction in thefts – with 33 reported compared to 73 at the 2018 event.
However, police say there were 22 assaults reported this year, as well as six sexual offence incidents and three public order offences. The force says significant arrests have been made and a number remain live investigations.
More than £11,000 worth of drugs were removed from the site, thanks to seizures and amnesty bins.
Superintendent Sarah Jackson praised the close working relationship with festival organisers during the event:
“Our officers and staff have been on site providing a response to reported crimes and to deal with those detained for offences.
“In addition the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been providing a visible presence within the local community outside of the festival site providing re-assurance to residents and festival goers alike.”
Overall reported incidents at Isle of Wight Festival 2019:
Action Fraud – 1
Thefts – 33
Assaults – 22
Sexual offences – 6
Public Order offences – 3
Fraud (counterfeit notes) – 2
Drug offences – 4
Possession of an offensive Weapon – 1
Concern for Welfare – 1
Criminal Damage – 1
Drunk and Disorderly – 1
Hate Crime – 1
Non Crime Domestic Incident – 1
Stalking / Harassment – 1
Drone Sightings – 3
Anti-Social Behaviour – 2
Vehicle Seizures – 2