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Download police operation "a success"

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Police say their handling of the Download rock festival was a success. The five day festival at Donington Park concluded on Sunday night attracted sell out crowds of up to 90,000 each day, including 75,000 campers. Inspector Helena Bhakta, who was in charge of the crime prevention operation, said: "We put a lot of effort into our plans this year, as we do every year, and I am really pleased with the outcome of the operation. "The success of our plans is due in part to our great working relationship with the organisers, Live Nation. "The festival passed off without major incident and although it is too soon to give definite crime figures, early indications are that crime was low and the main problem was theft from tents. "We did make a number of arrests as we do every year and officers worked hard day and night to identify offenders. "There were times when the road network was very busy. "We worked closely with Live Nation and the traffic management company, SEP Limited, to resolve those issues as quickly as we could, and the fact that everyone remained very patient and in good spirits is testament to the good nature and friendliness of the rock fans who go to Download. "I'd also like to thank local people living in Castle Donington as there is no doubt an event this size does have an impact on their village particularly in terms of traffic. "We worked hard before the festival using Facebook and Twitter to give out crime prevention advice and we've had an overwhelmingly positive response from fans thanking us for our friendly policing style. "It has been a great success from a police prospective and planning has already begun for next year."

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