Tens of thousands of music-lovers have been praised by police for their behaviour at the Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival – after only six arrests were made.
Police said about 70,000 people flocked to the three-day event, in which bands and musicians performed in open spaces and pubs and clubs across the city centre and on the main stage at Devonshire Green.
Superintendent Shaun Morley, who was in charge of policing the festival, which ended on Sunday, said: “The weekend was really enjoyable for everyone involved.
“Dealing with a large number of people entering the city always presents us with a challenge, but by working with the Tramlines organisers, Sheffield Council and other sponsors, we were able to ensure the safety of everyone concerned with the minimum of disruption to residents.
“Only six arrests were made across the festival, which included two men for causing criminal damage, a third man for a drugs-related offence, two men for being drunk and disorderly and one man for breaching a dispersal order.
“Thanks to the help of everyone in Sheffield this weekend, we have seen a reduction in an average weekend’s alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and fewer overall incidents of criminality.”
Now in its fifth year, Tramlines has established itself as one of the country’s inner-city music festivals.
It offers live music, entertainment and street art.
Coun Leigh Bramall, of Sheffield Council, said: “Tramlines continues to go from strength to strength and this year was no exception.
“Events like Tramlines increase the number of people visiting the city centre and the length of time people spend there.
“We have invested in a whole summer of events in our Summer Saturdays programme and Tramlines is a key part of it.”