Bonfire numbers down as Cameron goes up in flames

Posted On 06 Nov 2015 at 2:34 pm

The wet weather may have dampened the enthusiasm of some, but up to 25,000 people turned out for the Bonfire celebrations in Lewes last night – many of them from Brighton and Hove.

Sussex Police said: “Wet weather may have contributed to a significant fall in numbers attending this year’s Lewes Bonfire celebrations on Thursday night (5 November).

“Crowds totalled an estimated 20,000 to 25,000, compared to 40,000 in 2014.

“And numbers arriving through Lewes railway station were put at around 14,000 – well down on the 21,000-plus counted through on the last occasion.

“This year’s event took place on the 410th anniversary of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot.

“Sussex Police and partner agencies worked throughout the evening to ensure that the spectacle was enjoyed by those who braved persistent rain to either watch or take part.”

Superintendent Laurence Taylor said: “The policing of this event involves months of preparation, planning and consultation with the bonfire societies, our fellow emergency services and partners, with the main aim being to provide a safe environment for both participants and spectators alike.

“I am especially grateful to the stewards who worked tremendously hard along the processional routes to ensure that onlookers had a safe and enjoyable evening.”

Sussex Police said: “South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated 82 people for injuries, with just six casualties needing hospital treatment.

“East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service had no incidents of note in Lewes.

“By 12.30am police had made a total of five arrests. Two people were detained for possessing drugs, one for criminal damage, one for assault and one for being drunk and disorderly.”

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