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Festival goers head to latitude

Campers have begun pitching their tents for this year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk as temperatures continued to soar.

Up to 35,000 people are expected to attend the music and arts event at Henham Park, Southwold, over the weekend with day tickets for the Saturday now sold out.

The headliners are Kraftwerk-3D, Foals and Bloc Party and other performers include Bobby Womack, soloist classical trumpert player Alison Balsom and Eddie Izzard in the comedy arena.

Organisers have urged as many festival-goers as possible to use public transport, cycle or walk in order to minimise disruption on the roads but some tailbacks are expected.

Forecasts suggest the event should be rain-free - avoiding scenes of muddy car parks and fields experienced in previous years.


More artists added to Latitude line-up

Richard Ashcroft is the latest musician to be added to the Latitude line-up Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft and Supergrass star Gaz Coombes have been added to the line-up of this year's Latitude festival in Suffolk.

The indie favourites will play on the opening night of the 35,000-capacity event at the start of a weekend of music, including headliners Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals.

Gaz Coombes on stage during Supergrass's last ever gig at Brixton Academy, London in 2010 Credit: Gene Weatherley/EMPICS Entertainment

Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Ashcroft will perform at an opening party on the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage on 18 July before the main festival begins the following day.

Coombes will perform his "experimental yet melodious" solo tunes, organisers said.

Latitude, which also includes comedy, theatre, poetry and literature stages, is now in its eighth year.

Latitude pair charged by police

Police have charged two 18-year-old men from Romford with obtaining services dishonestly after they were stopped by security staff at Suffolk's Latitude festival.

James Dowsing, of Browning Close in Romford, and Jake Knowlden, of Lulworth Drive in the town, were charged with 'obtaining access by a dishonest act' - without paying.

Dowsing was also charged with theft and possession of cannabis. Both men are due before Lowestoft Magistrates' Court on July 31.

So far more than 30 thefts from tents at the festival near Southwold, have been reported and seven thefts from individuals.

During the weekend two men from Hertfordshire were arrested on suspicion of possession of a drug with intent to supply. Both were bailed until August pending further enquiries.


Various arrests at Latitude

Two men have been charged with obtaining services dishonestly after being arrested at the Latitude Festival.

The two 18 year olds from Romford in Essex are accused of getting onto the site without a ticket.

There have also been three arrests over theft, three arrests over drug offences, and more than 30 thefts from tents reported.

Latitude from the air

Latitude 2012 Credit: Mike Page

Clearing up operations are underway at the Henham Park estate in Suffolk as the Latitude Festival comes to an end.

35,000 music fans descended on the park for the seventh annual music and arts festival.

The wet weather didn't seem to spoil the fun for festival-goers. Organisers say their contingency plans worked well to cope with the rain.

Two arrested at Latitude festival

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of theft following a number of incidents on campsites at the Latitude Festival.

Suffolk Police dealt with more than a dozen reports of thefts from tents overnight on Thursday into Friday, at the Henham Park site near Southwold.

The two men were detained by Latitude security personnel yesterday afternoon. They were then arrested by police. Both have been questioned at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

Two arrested at Latitude Festival

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of theft following a number of incidents on campsites at the Latitude Festival site.

Police have received around a dozen reports of thefts from tents overnight. The men, both aged 18, were arrested this afternoon.

They are both being taken into custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where they will be interviewed by officers in connection with the thefts.

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