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Boomtown fire: Statement from the organisers

A fire was reported by a member of the BoomTown Fair security team at 16.16 on Friday 12th August in the West car park of the festival. All car parks are located outside of the festival.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, were immediately called to attend to the incident.

BoomTown’ Fair immediately mobilised its onsite fire teams, security and all available staff to the scene.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Hampshire Police, together with the Boomtown Fair staff contained the incident and the fire has now been extinguished. Hampshire fire and Rescue remain onsite to monitor the affected area. No injuries have been reported.

Areas close to the fire within the festival were evacuated as precaution. All of these areas have been assessed and have been reinstated for public access. The West Car Park will remain closed until the investigations by the fire and police services have been concluded.

At this stage no cause of the fire has been established.

Boomtown Fair event management team are working to identify and support all festival goers whose cars may have been affected.

No festival performances have been affected by the incident and the weekend events are continuing as planned.

– Boomtown Festival organisers

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Police clamp down on drugs at Boomtown

Police are clamping down on drugs at Boomtown Credit: ITV

Police will be "maintaining a robust position" against drugs at the annual Boomtown fair on the Matterley Bowl this weekend, as well as setting up a mobile police office to deter other festival-related crime.

Festival-goers have also been warned that the possession of illegal drugs or psychoactive substances will have them ejected from the site, with the likelihood of arrest and prosecution.

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