Glastonbury clean-up begins as 175,000 people leave site

For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.

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Glastonbury stage switched off in lightning storm

No Glastonbury Festival would be complete without the odd drop of rain and the heavens duly opened late this afternoon. And the music was switched for a time this evening on the Pyramid stage as thunderstorms cut the power.

But festival goers were not kept waiting for long and the weather failed to dampen the spirits.

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

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Glastonbury: Rudimental cut short by lightning strike

Rudimental on the Pyramid Stage before being cut short by a storm. Credit: PA

Rudimental's Glastonbury set has been cut short by a thunder and lightning storm that hit the Pyramid Stage as they were performing.

Organisers were forced to pull the plug on the London drum 'n' bass act after the storm interrupted their rendition of Waiting All Night.

Brides, wellies and waterproofs at Glastonbury

Festival-goers at Glastonbury enjoyed a brief spell of sunshine this afternoon, with one newlywed music fan donning a white wedding dress and veil to the event's mud-drenched fields.

Festival goer and newly-wed Hannah Lomas, aged 27, from Liverpool, wore a wedding dress to the event in Somerset. Credit: PA
Two-year-old Julia Bristow, from Iowa, USA, walks through a puddle of mud on her first ever Glastonbury visit. Credit: PA
Festival goers manoeuvre through a puddle of mud at the Glastonbury Festival today. Credit: PA

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30 arrests at Glastonbury Festival

85 crimes report at Glastonbury within first 48 hours Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Avon and Somerset Police say 85 crimes were reported within the first 48 hours of the Glastonbury festival opening its gates on Wednesday morning. That's a 30% decrease on last year.

About half of these were property thefts, with 30 people arrested so far.

Police said they used tracking software to locate one stolen phone and arrested a woman overnight.

Inspector Liz Hughes, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "Thanks to a tracking app, we've been able to recover a stolen phone, which shows that they really do work."

"They are really useful and I would urge anyone who hasn't already got one installed to do so today."

"We've also arrested three men on suspicion of theft and this shows that there are a very small number of people who come here intending to steal and spoil the fun for everyone else."

"While the arrests are a positive step, it's a reminder to us all to look after your possessions very carefully."

Glastonbury Festival-goers embrace rain and mud

In keeping with Glastonbury tradition, visitors to the famous music festival have been met with damp, rainy conditions on Friday as the Kaiser Chiefs opened the event in a surprise set.

The rain and mud is not deterring festival-goers at Glastonbury. Credit: ITV News
Revellers take to their waterproofs at the famous event. Credit: ITV News
Music-lovers embrace the wet weather ahead of tonight's performances. Credit: ITV News

Blondie and Arcade Fire first of Glastonbury's big acts

Debbie Harry's Blondie will be appearing at Worthy Farm today. Credit: Jessica Alexander/Geisler-Fotopr/DPA

Glastonbury-goers will be treated to their first day of big music acts today with Arcade Fire headlining the Pyramid Stage later.

Campers will be hoping for clear skies after rain dampened proceedings yesterday afternoon but are likely to be disappointed as more is forecast with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning alert.

Among the acts performing on the Pyramid Stage today are Elbow, Lily Allen and Rudimental, while others include Haim, MIA and Jurassic 5.

Also playing on some of the more than 100 stages at the site will be Crystal Fighters, Metronomy, Wild Beasts and Blondie.

Aside from the music, The Left Field, which is celebrating its 10th year this year and describes itself as the "meeting place of pop and politics", will be opened with a tribute to Labour stalwart Tony Benn, who died earlier this year.

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