Police praise after carnival success

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Police have thanked revellers across Leeds for helping ensure a peaceful end to a sun kissed Leeds Carnival and a largely crime free music festival.

West Yorkshire Police said carnival and also Leeds Festival goers had more than played their part in helping ensure both events were enjoyable, safe and mainly trouble free.

In total despite 70,000 people attending the three day Leeds Festival, just 28 arrests were made largely for public order, assault and drugs related offences.

These included the arrest and charge of a 35-year-old Seacroft man who allegedly stole handbags, jewellery and mobile phones from festival goers.

He was remanded in custody to face Leeds magistrates this morning.

Meanwhile, up to late on Monday evening, officers made only two arrests at the Leeds Carnival (for an assault and a public order offence) in what police praised as one of the most peaceful events yet.

Officers from local neighbourhood policing teams and the West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section patrolled and mixed with carnival goers on the day, praising those attending for their contribution to a fantastic festival atmosphere.

Among the officers who really got into the spirit was PCSO Phil Cannon from Roundhay Alwoodley and Moortown NPT who now has his own twitter following at #dancingpoliceman for his hipswinging escapades during the afternoon.

Speaking following the end of the weekend’s events, Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford, said: “Despite a wet start this weekend saw large crowds at both events. Our officers reported speaking to lots of people who thought the atmosphere at both sites was really positive. People of all ages have had a great time in the mud at Bramham and the sunshine on Carnival Day.”

Chief Superintendent Andy Battle who commanded the police operation at the Leeds Festival added: “Arrest numbers at the Leeds Festival have remained low when compared to the huge number of people attending and the festival was by and large peaceful and good natured.

“Those attending had to put up with some pretty awful weather at times which unfortunately created some traffic delays for those trying to leave the site. Police worked hard with organisers Festival Republic to do what we could to minimise disruption and help people leave as quickly and safely as possible.

“I want to thank festival goers for playing their part in making the most of a great event for area, shrugging off the bad weather, and helping to make it a success.”