Yobs sets tents on fire as the Reading Festival descends into violence and looting: Music fans leave early as brawls break out, chairs are thrown and criminals set camp fires on the final day of the event
- Videos on social media showed fires burning on Reading Festival site
- Fighting and looting were also reported on the last day of the festival on Sunday
- Needle sticks were also reported after a young woman was pierced in the leg
- Roads leaving the festival were reportedly jammed as hundreds tried to flee
Revelers are reportedly leaving the Reading Festival in droves as fighting, looting and tents erupted on the final day.
Limited security forces struggled to bring order as crowds threw chairs and other objects into huge bonfires.
Chaos broke out around 4pm on Sunday, with videos showing fires at the Reading site, the mirror reported.
An eyewitness said fans of rival music genres fought each other when hip-hop and alternative festival-goers clashed after several acts performed one after the other on the same stage.
Some even reported disturbing cases of spikes after a young woman was allegedly stabbed with a needle while standing in line.
Roads were reportedly closed as hundreds of festival-goers fled the site as fighting and tent looting continued.
Fires were stoked in the middle of the Reading Festival campsite when the disorder broke out around 4 p.m. on Sunday
Many reported online that they were leaving the festival early after witnessing the chaos
During the day, fires were lit between tents in the Orange Camp portion of the festival, while more fires were lit on Sunday evening, festival-goers said on social media.
Participant Amber Vellacott, 26, said she and her boyfriend fled the festival after being surrounded by violence.
She told the Mirror: ‘We saw fires start at about 4pm in several camps, the crew and security were quick to act, but all the children were surrounded and screaming, throwing trash and cans in them.
“We felt the whole vibe of the campsites change, and when we saw people start picking up tents and trash, throwing them into the trees and over the camps, we thought it best to pack up and go.” to go – so annoying!
Chairs and other objects were thrown onto the bonfires by crowds at the festival
Many said they left the campsite after feeling the atmosphere that soured as things got more dangerous
Reports of fights and even cases of needle sticks were reported by attendees
“But it just didn’t feel safe for two grown adults, let alone all the kids out there. When we left at about 7pm there was quite a bit of security but no crowds. More volunteers who don’t dare to participate – and I can’t blame them for that.’
Disorder and big fires have been seen at the Reading Festival in the past, especially on the last day.
The 1975 headlined Sunday night as the chaos continued, following in the footsteps of other big names including The Arctic Monkeys, Dave and Megan Thee Stallion.
The news comes after a 16-year-old boy died at Leeds Festival following a suspected drug incident.
Yorkshire Police said they were investigating whether he had taken an MDMA pill.