ALMOST 50 arrests were made by police over the course of Reading Festival this year.

The annual music event, which took place off Richard Avenue from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 26, saw over 100,000 festivalgoers.

Headliners Sam Fender, The Killers and Billie Eilish performed across the weekend including other acts such as Don Broco, Inhaler, Nothing But Thieves, Muna, Central Cee, Imagine Dragons and many, many more.

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Many festivalgoers had started to arrive in the town from Wednesday (August 23) with early access tickets.

Throughout the weekend, people could be seen across the town, the River Thames towpath, and at the event itself.

A heavy police presence could be seen at the event and across the town on foot, bike, horses and on the River Thames. A total of 48 arrests were made across the weekend.

Chief Superintendent Michael Loebenberg, the strategic commander for the policing operation, said it was a ‘pleasure’ to work at the event and that the events made were a ‘small minority’ compared to the number of festivalgoers.

“We have had a successful weekend policing Reading Festival in support of the event organisers, Festival Republic,” he said.

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“It has been a pleasure to work together with organisers and our other partners to welcome and keep safe over 100,000 festival goers to Reading.

“From our tactical cycle unit, mounted section and joint marine unit, to our detectives working around the clock to investigate the crimes reported to us and the officers conducting daily patrols, each of our officers and staff has played their own part in this operation and ensured the safety of those who have visited the festival.

“I would like to pass on a huge thank you to all the officers and staff involved.

“Over the course of the event, 48 arrests were made. These arrests represent an incredibly small minority of all those who attended Reading Festival.

"We hope those who attended, whether you had a day ticket or were camping for the weekend, had a good time and had the opportunity to talk to some of our officers.”

Police updated people throughout the weekend on the forces’ Facebook pages with pictures of officers in and around the music event.

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A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said they were unable to provide a complete breakdown of each arrest so it is unknown what people were arrested for.