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The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. 26th - 30th August 1970. 


"Straight press "

August 29th 1970.

Gatecrasher trouble at pop festival.

From David Wilsworth . Freshwater Isle Of Wight 29th Aug.

    An estimated 5.000 people have gatecrashed the Isle Of Wight pop festival near here by camping on the Afton Down overlooking the site. Their presence has caused concern to the promoters who see valauable revenue being lost. There have been clashes in which guard dogs were used when festival security officers attempted to move the campers on.

    The police have been watching both the security forces and the non paying audience but so far have not intervened directly. This afternoon the security men decided to go among the Afton Down campers and ask for donations towards the concert. If they do not get enough money this way the campers will probably be floodlit at night to reduce their enjoyment.

        Securiy men are blaming Frenchmen and Algerians who , they say, regularly attend pop festivals and attempt to disrupt the proceeding s in the interests of free music.

    The St John's ambulance brigade field hospital has dealt with a steady stream of minor casualties by day and night . More doctors are likely to be needed during the weekend.

    Police have continued to make arrests in connection with alleged drugs offences: the total so far is 73 . The festival promoters instructed commentators to be more cautious when talking about drugs after police complained that the comments from the stage might appear to favour their use.

    At Portsmouth some Hells Angels and skinheads have been deprived temporarily of potentially dangerous weapons by police before they were allowed to board the ferries to the island.

    A boy aged about 16 was rescued from Compton Beach , near the festival site, by an RAF helicopter this afternoon after he had fallen aboiut 200 ft from a cliff top. He was taken to a Southampton Hospital where his condition is said to be very critical . He had been seen by a police helicopter on patrol.


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