Around 30,000 people turned out for this year’s Lewes Bonfire celebrations last night (Monday). The numbers were around half of last year’s turnout for the historic event, which saw a crowd of 60,000.
Sussex Police and partner agencies saw a drop in the number of arrests and injuries. 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 are always going to be incidents of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Fortunately we saw a significant drop in the number of firework-related injuries compared with last year.
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“Around 20,000 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.”
South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated 82 individuals, with seven people needing hospital treatment. None of the injuries were believed to be serious.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue reported a quiet night and were required to deal with five incidents.
A total of 15 arrests were made, nine of which were for throwing fireworks and others for public order and possession of drugs. There were no serious incidents of violence or disorder which meant that arrest numbers were halved compared with last year.
A 25 year-old man was arrested for throwing fireworks in Friars Walk and given a fixed penalty notice; another man of the same age was arrested for possessing an offensive weapon. He was reported for summons to court. A woman aged 21 was arrested for throwing a firework in Cliffe High Street and given a fixed penalty notice.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and bailed until further notice.
Sussex Police have confirmed to Rocket FM that no bonfire society members were arrested.