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St John Ambulance staff treat 657 festival goers

Volunteers at St John Ambulance gave first aid to 657 people at the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend.

The number treated was down from 752 people last year. 28 people were taken to hospital.

Darren Bartholomew, from St John Ambulance, said: "As expected, with up to 85,000 festival goers at this event each day, we were called upon to deal with many different types of first aid incident, but after months of preparation we were ready to tackle everything which came our way.

"I'd personally like to thank all our volunteers who gave up their time to provide first class care and were on hand to make sure that everyone who came to us for treatment was able to receive it."


More than 100 arrests at V Festival

More than 100 people were arrested over the weekend at the V Festival in Chelmsford.

Essex Police said it had made 114 arrests, including 22 for drug dealing.

There were 75 arrests for drug possession, six for assaults, one for disqualified driving, two for theft, two for rowdy and disorderly behaviour, three for fraud and three for drink-driving.

Chief Supt Andy Prophet said all the officers had done "a great job" to make the event safe.

He added: "The work of our drugs dogs in sniffing out those in supplying drugs has been a key element in our tactics this year and its one that has worked really well.”

V Festival: Essex Police make 26 arrests

Nearly 30 people have so far been arrested at Chelmsford’s V-Festival according to Essex Police.

26 arrests were made on Saturday morning for drug possession (20), drug-dealing (1), drink-driving (2), theft (2) and rowdy and disorderly behaviour (1).

The force is also investigating three thefts from tents and a car break-in.

The festival has a reputation for being one of the safest on the summer calendar and Essex Police is working with the event organisers to ensure it remains that way.If you coming to V to commit crime, then be warned. There is an extensive array of CCTV cameras as well as my officers, private security patrols, drug sniffer dogs and a range of other undercover activity all designed to catch you. Festival-goers are urged to keep themselves and their property safe by following the crime prevention advice promoted by Seymour on the Essex Police website and Twitter account.”

– Policing co-ordinator, Chief Supt Andy Prophet

V Festival organisers confident of successful weekend

Organisers of the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford say they're confident of another successful year. The music event is now in its seventeenth year in the Essex city.

Among the artists appearing over the weekend are Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script and Emeli Sande.

Click below for a interview with V Festival director Paul Glossop on Friday's ITV News Anglia

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Police planning on safe V Festival

Thousands of music fans have been arriving in Chelmsford ahead of this weekend's V-Festival. Around 120,000 are expected to descend on Hylands Park over the 2-day event, including 46,000 campers.

Essex Police is urging festival goers to stay safe and has been cracking down on drug crime in the area to try to head off problems at the site.

The force has also been targeting drink-drivers and thieves, aiming to make the event as trouble-free as possible.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson


Wet weather causing delays for V Festival traffic

Thousands arriving for V Festival

Thousands of people are arriving in Chelmsford ahead of this weekend's V Festival. Around 120,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event at Hylands Park.

Among the artists appearing over the weekend are Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script and Emeli Sande.

Campsites in Hylands Park and Weston Park opened on Friday and will close at noon on Monday. The main arena will open at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday and the bands will finish at 11pm.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Locals get first option on V Festival tickets

Music fans enjoy last year's V Festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

People living in Essex will get first dibs on V Festival tickets before general release on Friday. Beyonce is among the performers who'll be appearing at Hylands Park near Chelmsford.

The Script, Emili Sande and Jessie J are also playing. Official tickets go on sale on tomorrow.

The festival takes place on the 17th and 18th August.

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