Latitude: Scale of festival clean-up revealed from the air

Aerial photo of the Latitude site by Mike Page

Aerial photo of the Latitude site by Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

When the dust settles on Suffolk biggest music event, the unenviable task of cleaning up begins.

The party may be over at Latitude for another year, but this striking image by aerial photographer Mike Page shows the scale of work still required after festival-goers pack up and head home.

Event organiser Festival Republic aims to restore Henham Park to its usual green glory by operating a clean-up strategy which minimises the waste going to landfill through recycling and composting.

Meanwhile, discarded tents will be cleaned and transformed into luxury sustainable gift wrap by Devon company Wrag Wrap. Tents that can be re-used will be given to community groups and charities.

Five groups of local scouts and charities went on site and collected 45 tents, discarded wellies and 300 sleeping bags and gave them to Oxfam.

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In recent years the festival has grown to become one of the UK’s biggest, with a daily capacity of 35,000.

Crime was slightly down on last year, with 40 reported offences, including 16 for drugs and 19 thefts.

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Just 14 arrests were made over the weekend, with the majority relating to drugs. Officers seized heroin, cocaine, ketamine, cannabis and ecstasy.

Crimes also included items being stolen from tents and from the pockets and bags of people watching performances. Police are continuing to investigate the thefts and are asking anyone with information to get in touch. If you can help, call Suffolk police on 101.

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