Arrests made at Mutiny Festival in Fontwell

Action from the main stage of Mutiny at Fontwell Park Racecourse. Organisers have said it will return to Portsmouth next year

Action from the main stage of Mutiny at Fontwell Park Racecourse. Organisers have said it will return to Portsmouth next year

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Police carried out 11 arrests during Mutiny Festival over the weekend for a mixture of offences involving drink, drugs and assault.

The music festival took place at Fontwell Park Racecourse for the first time and saw thousands of people attend.

Around 13,000 people attended Mutiny, held at Fontwell Park Racecourse for the first time

Around 13,000 people attended Mutiny, held at Fontwell Park Racecourse for the first time

In a statement Sussex Police said 11 arrests had been made between Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19.

The arrests included a 36-year old Portsmouth man, who was arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of drugs, and was released on police bail until August 14.

A 33-year-old man from Hindhead was charged with possession of cocaine and has been bailed to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on August 4.

An 18-year-old Portslade man was issued with a penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly, while a 20-year-old man from Winchester has been charged with the same offence and has been bailed to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on August 4.

Artful Dodger performing at Mutiny Festival. Ref 151231-5.

Artful Dodger performing at Mutiny Festival. Ref 151231-5.

Police said a 17-year-old Brighton girl had been arrested on suspicion of theft of a jacket and bailed for further enquiries until August 25.

Two men, aged 22 and 23, from Bromley, Kent, were arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, and common assault, respectively, and were bailed until September 14 while enquiries continue, police added.

Another 19-year-old Haywards Heath man was arrested on suspicion of assault on police and has been released on bail until July 23 while enquiries continue.

A number of people who went have called the festival ‘chaotic’ and a ‘rubbish tip’, while many complained of long queues to get into the event and to buy drinks on the Saturday.

Organisers have already said the festival will be held in Portsmouth again next year.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “We arrived at about 6 o’clock on the Saturday and the mess of the place was disgusting.

“It was like a rubbish tip, there was litter everywhere.

“None of the staff looked like they knew what they were doing, the whole thing was just chaos.”

Local people also complained about antisocial behaviour in Fontwell and at the train station in Barnham.

It is understood Mutiny staff carried out a clean-up operation of Barnham and Fontwell on Monday, and many took to social media to say how much they had enjoyed the festival.

Charmaine_adale Tweeted: @MutinyFestivals has killed me and I have no voice or energy left but it was the best weekend in a loooong time! Until next time Mutiny.”

Jack Rees tweeted: “Without a doubt one of the best weekends of my life shared with an absolutely cracking bunch #Mutiny2015.”

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