Lewes: Arrests And Injuries At Bonfire

6 November 2013, 08:35

Fourteen people have been arrested by Sussex Police the Lewes Bonfire.

Ambulance crews also treated a total of 86 people - with four being taken to hospital - although none of the injuries were believed to be serious.

Among the arrests, two were after fireworks were thrown - the rest mainly for drunk and disorderly and public order.

The event's police commander Superintendent Laurence Taylor said: "The Lewes Bonfire continues to be an incredibly popular event
 
"At public events of this size there is always the potential for incidents of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.
 
"The policing of this event involves months of preparation, planning and consultation with the bonfire societies, the other emergency services and partners with the main aim being to help provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators on the night.

"Around 18,000 people travelled into Lewes by train and officers from both British Transport Police and Sussex Police were on hand to help manage the crowds and minimise the risk of injuries and damage to property. I would particularly like to thank the stewards who worked really hard along the processional route and made sure there were no crowd issues resulting in people being injured." 

Around 30,000 people turned out for this year's traditional celebrations on Tuesday night - a similar number to last year's turnout.

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