Security in arena and between Bohemia and Campsites was ok, but I have two very serious issues with the security this morning
1. The MAN security teams were going around at 10 this morning telling campers that they had to be out by 11 or 'as soon as possible'. They started knocking on peoples' tents at 10, shaking tents that were on their own, and just generally being very unwelcome. Some were driving their buggies at ridiculous speed across the site as well when there was no need
2. On our way out, Lucy and I saw a sole Diamond Events security dude taking a tent down with a KNIFE by slashing the fabric to remove the poles. Next thing I see is the tent owner (who had probably been for a leak or munch or to take stuff to his car) come back to find his tent on the floor in a pile. I'd have been fuming if that was my tent and it was completely contra the spirit of the festival, which up until that point was very laid back and easy...but I have to ask - what was the security dude doing with a knife!?
We wanted to pack up as late as possible as our train wasn't till late, and got told 12 was the latest to be out so started packing up about 10. We then overheard them telling the group next to us that they had to be out by 11 at the latest or they would be picked up and kicked out whether they had packed up their things or not.
They were driving incredibly fast, over tents, over all piles of peoples things, hopefully this was just rubbish but it could have been peoples stuff.
They were coming round and slashing tents, jumping on them, totally destroying everything around when people may have still been packing up and just gone for a piss.
Wasn't impressed at all by that, really ruined the mood of the Monday morning, and was a bit worrying really.
Other than that, the security all weekend seemed great.
The police presence was fantastic, saw 100s of them walking about at the weekend keeping an eye on things.
We had a couple come up for a chat while Metallica were on, as I think we were the only people not seeing Metallica in the whole campsite and were being drunk and loud, but they were cool, just stood and had a chat.
Two people wandered back near us and were looking a bit shifty around a tent, and one of them ran off and made sure it was their own tent and weren't stealing things while the site was empty.
Couldn't fault the police at all.
A group near us set up a fire and were burning chairs about 5am Sunday morning, and within about 2 mins there was some stuards over there putting it out (was with the peoples beer though :S) but yeah they were over and got it out right away, very efficient.
Over all, very very good, just the Monday morning antics that let it down for us.