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Extra police patrols during Download festival

Festival-goers at Download festival Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Extra police officers will be on hand this weekend in the Leicestershire village of Castle Donington during the annual Download festival.

More than 90,000 people are expected at the festival today and tomorrow, with 75,000 camping.

Officers will be patrolling the village and a special traffic plan is being put in place to minimise disruption.

Wet weather and mud for festival goers at Download

Over 90,000 festival goers will arrive at Donnington Park for Download this weekend
Temperatures are lower than expected for June so clothes like the 'Onesie' are popular on site
The rain has caused muddy conditions for festival goers arriving on the fields
The wet weather isn't dampening the spirits though with some describing it as 'the best weekend of the year'
Weather conditions were the same in 2012, wet and windy


Thousands of festival goers arrive at Download Festival

Waterproof clothing and warm coats, not the usual festival atire expected for this time of year

Over 90,000 people will be arriving at Donnington Park for the Download Festival this weekend.

The weather has been wet and windy which means the music lovers might be in for a 'mud bath' in the fields.

Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein are headlining this year's festival, which runs until Sunday.

Festivals goers arriving for a weekend of camping and live music

Extra traffic officers on M1 for Download Festival

Extra Highways Agency officers are being deployed on the M1 around junction 24 this weekend to keep traffic moving during Download Festival.

Heavy traffic is expected on major routes around Castle Donington as Download Festival takes place.

The three day rock festival at Donington Park starts at midday. 90,000 people are expected.

Major roads and motorways in the area, including the M1, A42, A50 and A453, are likely to be busy."

– Steve Parker, Highways Agency

Expect busy roads near Donington Park

Highways Agency warn of heavy traffic around Donington Park this weekend Credit: ITV News Central

The Highways Agency is advising road users not heading to Download Festival to avoid roads around Castle Donington this weekend

More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the three day rock concert that starts at midday today.


Policing operation "a success" at Download Festival

Fans at Download festival ahead of Sunday's Black Sabbath performance Credit: East Midlands Air Support Unit

The policing operation during the Download music festival in Leicestershire was "a great success".

Leicestershire Police made a number of arrests. The force says the main issue it was faced was theft from tents.

The event attracted sell-out crowds of up to 100,000 each day and more than 70,000 camped across 13 campsites.

Inspector Chris Brown, who was in charge of the crime prevention operation at Download, said: “We put a lot of effort into our plans this year, as we do every year, and I am really pleased with the outcome of the operation.

"We had some extra challenges this year with the wet weather on Wednesday and Thursday which led to an unprecedented number of people arriving at the same time causing long traffic tailbacks particularly on Friday afternoon.

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Download-fans prepare for Black Sabbath

Fans gather at Download festival ahead of Black Sabbath performance at 22.45 BST Credit: East Midlands Air Support Unit

With just under four hours to go, Black Sabbath fans are making their way to the main stage at Download festival.

The festival in Donnington Park started on Friday and has seen over 100,000 people this weekend.

The festival got off with an uncertain start as severe rainfalls delayed the opening of the event by two hours.

However revellers have been enjoying the sunshine today and are certainly going to end on a high as world-famous Birmingham band Black Sabbath takes to the stage as the final act just before 23.00hrs tonight.

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