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Thousands witness sunrise at Stonehenge

An estimated 37,000 people saw the sun rise at Stonehenge on the longest day in the calendar.

Sun rises at Stonehnge this morning Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, where people gather to witness the dawn.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the site to witness the sunrise. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

25 people have been arrested at Stonehenge overnight, police said. Officers with Wiltshire Police said the arrests were largely for drugs-related offences.

The sun rises above the horizon as dawn breaks behind the stones at Stonehenge Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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Crowds welcome Summer at dawn at Stonehenge

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Stonehenge this morning to mark the Summer Solstice at the dawn of the longest day of the year.

The ancient site has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice since the prehistoric time.

25 arrests at Stonehenge 'mainly for drug offences'

Police arrested 25 people at Stonehenge overnight after an estimated 37,000 people saw the sun rise on the longest day in the calendar.

Officers with Wiltshire Police said the arrests were largely for drugs-related offences.

The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, off the A303, where latter-day Druids gather to witness the sun rising on the longest day.

A police spokesman said: "We are pleased that the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge and Avebury have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending.

"There were 25 arrests at Stonehenge and two at Avebury which were mainly for drug-related offences."

Crowds gather at stone circles for Summer Solstice

Crowds have gathered at the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire to celebrate sunrise on the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer.

Revellers take part in incantations as they prepare to welcome in summer at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Credit: Reuters
A woman takes a selfie as the sun comes up. Credit: Reuters
Revellers arrived at sunset on Friday night. Credit: Reuters

Police hail summer solstice party a 'great success'

Police have hailed this year's summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge a "great success" after there were far fewer arrests than in previous years.

Solstice 2013 has been a great success with approximately 21,000 people celebrating in the positive, friendly atmosphere as they waited for sunrise.

The majority of people respected the conditions of entry and the amnesty bins provided were used.

Approximately 70 cannabis street warnings were issued. As with previous years, the passive drugs dogs proved very effective.

– Superintendent Matt Pullen, Wiltshire Police

Around 22 people were taken into custody, mainly in relation to drugs offences.

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