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Reading Festival gains 'disability gold' status

Reading Festival has achieved 'disability gold' status for its access to live music.

The festival is joining Glastonbury in achieving the gold standard from the leading disability charity in the UK.

'Attitude is Everything' campaigns to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music.

It says Reading Festival has shown commitment to its disabled customers for the past five years and keeps moving forward with disability access.

Teenager treated for stab injury at Reading Festival

Fans enjoying the festival on Friday Credit: ITV

A teenager has been treated for stab injuries following a fight at the Reading Festival.

A scuffle broke out between a number of men during a live music session at about 10.15pm on Friday and police believe the 18-year-old was stabbed with a "sharp implement".

He was treated by festival medical staff and at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, but has since been discharged.

Thames Valley Police described his injuries as "non life-threatening".

The three-day music festival ends tonight and attracts a crowd of more than 90,000 people.

Police are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them. WATCH: Our report from day one of the festival


175 crimes reported at Reading Festival

At this year’s Reading Festival 175 crimes were reported to police.

The Reading Festival took place over the bank holiday weekend from 29-31 August and over 90,000 people attended each day.

175 crimes were reported at this year's Reading Festival Credit: ITV Meridian

"The event takes a great deal of planning and the continued success of the Festival is down to the effective partnership between all the agencies including Festival Republic and Reading Borough Council.

“Police provide advice to Festival goers about personal safety and protecting property to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime. This year the predominant crime was theft from tents with theft from a person such as ‘pickpocketing’.

“We will continue to advise people to keep phones and money hidden at all times and not to leave valuables unattended in tents.

“There was a great atmosphere at this year’s event and I am pleased that the vast majority of festival goers enjoyed a trouble free visit.”

– Supt Rory Freeman, Silver Commander for the Reading Festival

The fun begins at Reading Festival

You might well need a boat if you're going to the Reading Festival with showers predicted over the weekend.

But even if the 90,000 fans haven't come prepared it seems there's everything on hand to stay clean and dry.

Emma Wilkinson reports...

Thousands arrive for Reading Festival, despite weekend rail strike

More 90,000 people are expected in Reading this weekend for three days of live music.

And the big question is: will it be another mudfest like the Reading Festival in 2011?

And with a rail strike over the weekend will they be able to get home afterwards? Mel Bloor has our report, followed by an interview with Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse. He talks about the First Great Western strike this Bank Holiday weekend.


Headliners revealed for this year's Reading Festival

Excitement grows for this year's Reading Festival Credit: ITV news

The organisers of Reading Festival have revealed MUMFORD & SONS as main stage headliners this year

The British rock band last appeared at Reading in 2010. Festival boss Melvin Benn comments: “I’m delighted to have secured Mumford & Sons for Main Stage headliners this summer and can’t wait to see them return to the Festivals for their first UK performance in over two years. With today’s announcement of a further eight great acts joining the bill, the Reading & Leeds line-up is already shaping up to be one of the best ever and I’m looking forward to revealing the third headliner and even more great artists soon.”

Royal Blood, Bastille, Deadmau5, Revel Sound feat Chase & Status and Rage, David Rodigan and Shy FX, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Pretty Vicious, Jack Garratt and Hannah Wants will also appear across the weekend!

Metallica has already been announced as a headliner in a UK Festival exclusive at Reading. The Festival takes place on August bank holiday

Weather doesn't spoil festival goers weekend as they head home

Thousands of music fans braved the wind and rain today as they made their way home from the Reading Festival. Thames Valley Police have been reporting a slight drop in crime compared to last year. Two people have been arrested and bailed in connection with a rape. There have also been a number of thefts and drugs offences.The site at Richfield Avenue was cleared this morning, and even the weather didn't spoil the weekend. Lauren Hall reports

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