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Live music event faces axe over disorder claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

GlasTutbury Rock Festival - Richard Wakefield School Grounds.....Dave O'Hara

GlasTutbury Rock Festival - Richard Wakefield School Grounds.....Dave O'Hara

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POLICE will attempt to pull the plug on one of the biggest live music events on the local calendar over claims of drink-fuelled disorder the last time it was held.

Senior officers slammed the actions of some people who attended Glastutbury at the Richard Wakefield Primary School last summer and said the school has not demonstrated it was capable of hosting the village’s showpiece again.

People were seen urinating ‘wherever they chose’ due to a lack of toilet facilities, while alcohol was seized from a number of boozy teenagers at the event, which was attended by more than 1,000 people.

The force has attempted to block the school’s application to stage the event for a sixth year, leaving the show, which raises funds for its PTA and features live music as well as a family fair, in serious doubt.

In a statement, PC Dave Evans, of Staffordshire Police’s Southern Licensing Unit, said: “The same event was held in 2013 and it was attended by police officers from Burton who raised their concerns at the time about how the event was run.

“Large numbers of unaccompanied teenagers were present which required officers to seize alcohol. Many were drunk and in fact one was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

“Officers felt had it not been for their presence there would have been more serious matters to be dealt with.”

Stunned Tutbury parish councillor Bill Crossley said he had not noticed any disorder last year.

He told the Mail: “It was a lovely day. There were lots of people there, drinking beer and eating food, but everything went well as far as I could tell. It is noisy, but it is only once a year.”

He said the loss of Glastutbury would be a huge blow to the village.

“I know it makes a lot of money, which goes into the general school kitty. It is a real surprise,” he said.

Nobody at the school was available for comment.

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