Trump effigies burned in Lewes

Thousands turned out to watch Trump effigies burned in fireworks event at Lewes in Sussex

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  1. Tom Savvides

Donald Trump takes centre stage at Lewes bonfire celebrations

Around forty thousand people have celebrated bonfire night in Lewes. Sussex Police say spectator numbers were down on previous years because of a strike on Southern Rail. But the event still attracted huge crowds with American presidential candidate Donald Trump making not one but three appearances, as Tom Savvides explains.

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Up to 40,000 people attend Lewes bonfire event

Sussex Police said between 30,000 and 40,000 people attended the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

Crowds were believed to be small for a Saturday. Numbers are usually counted through the train station, however the strike meant there were no trains into Lewes after midday.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: "This event takes months of preparation, planning and working with our fellow emergency services and partners, as well as the bonfire societies. Our aim is always to provide a safe environment for both participants and spectators.

"Lewes was busy as it always is for bonfire night and I am very grateful to all those who worked hard during the evening to ensure that everyone had a safe and enjoyable evening.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated around 81 people for injuries, most relatively minor.

By 1.30am police had made a total of two arrests for possession of a knife and affray. A number of people given tickets for throwing fireworks.

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