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Pictures: Reading campsite rubbish after Festival ends
28 August 2013
Last updated at 13:13 BST
Aerial photos show the Reading campsite, covered with abandoned tents and rubbish, after the Festival is over.
Reading Festival closed on Sunday night with a headline set from Biffy Clyro. Over 90,000 people attended, with many choosing to spend the bank holiday weekend camping on site.
Reading Festival has the highest possible environmental rating. Despite this a large amount of rubbish has been left by festival-goers. According to organisers this includes "thousands of tents, sleeping bags and camping mats... along with things like wellies, radios, clothes and unopened food."
Volunteers help to clear up the Berkshire site both during and after the event. The Festival is also held in Leeds. The council there have asked Melvin Benn, the event organiser, to help pay for the cost of clearing-up the city centre after people leaving the campsite left mud and abandoned wellies in the streets.
According to the latest figures from Thames Valley Police, 101 crimes were reported at Reading Festival and 51 arrests were made. Most of the reported crimes were related to theft, drug possession or assault.
"Festival Republic aims to do as much as possible to reduce the impact our business and our festivals have on the environment," say organisers. "Much of our audience already acts sustainably at home and expects the same when attending our festivals and events."
Other acts performing at Reading throughout the weekend of 23 to 25 August included Eminem, Green Day, Chase & Status and Bastille. It was held on Richfield Avenue, in Reading, Berkshire.
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