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Five arrested during Wiltshire's solstice celebrations

More than 10,000 people gathered to mark the summer solstice. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A 15-year-old girl was among those arrested during this morning's Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge.

Three other men were arrested at the English Heritage site, while a fourth man was arrested at another solstice gathering in Avebury.

  • 25-year-old man from Warminster arrested on suspicion of drink driving
  • 15-year-old girl from Bulford arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly
  • 44-year-old man from Salisbury arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure
  • 19-year-old male from the Isle of Wight arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
  • 45-year-old man from Great Somerford arrested on suspicion of common assault in Avebury

More than 10,000 people gathered at the neolithic stone for the ancient tradition of watching the sun rise over the circle.

Wiltshire Police used their drone to keep an eye on the huge crowds.

Police used their drone unit to keep an eye on the large crowds at Stonehenge. Credit: Wiltshire Police

We were pleased with how summer solstice went once again this year. It passed peacefully with just one arrest at Avebury and four at Stonehenge, including one person on suspicion of drink driving.

Overnight, we deployed a force drone at Stonehenge several times to help keep an eye on the estimated 10,000 strong crowd.

We got some really good footage and by using a live feed to the control room it made it easier for us to place officers and security officers around the site where they may be needed.

– Superintendent Dave Minty, Wiltshire Police
Officers say the solstice celebrations were largely peaceful. Credit: ITV West Country

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