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Thousands enjoy summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

Thousands of revellers have enjoyed sunrise at Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice celebrations.

As drums beat and camera phones were pointed at the historic monument, the sun appeared over the horizon at 4.52am, bathing the Wiltshire countryside in a reddy glow.

Thousands expected at Stonehenge for summer solstice

Police have warned revellers about anti-social behaviour at the site Credit: PA

More than 30,000 people are expected at Stonehenge today for the summer solstice.

Several thousand more - including hippies and pagans - are likely to visit the nearby Avebury stone circle to witness the sun rising at 4.52am on the longest day.

Whilst Stonehenge is believed to have been used as an important religious site by early Britons 4,000 years ago, pagan celebrations at the site only began in the 20th Century

Superintendent Gavin Williams of Wiltshire Police, who is leading the policing operation, warned of "robust" policing at the historic site.

"This year falls on Saturday so we are expecting in the region of 30,000 visitors throughout the night. The police will be there to ensure public safety and support the event," he said.

"There will be drugs dogs and amnesty bins at the entry points and we will deal robustly with any disorder or anti-social behaviour."

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