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READING FESTIVAL GUARDS POWERLESS TO STOP CRIME

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A senior police officer has criticised the performance of private security guards at last weekend's Reading festiva...
A senior police officer has criticised the performance of private security guards at last weekend's Reading festival, saying they were 'powerless' to stop drug taking and crime during the concert.

The Daily Telegraph (p3) reports that Ian Blair, assistant chief constable of Thames Valley police, said that many of the guards were of 'insufficient calibre' to control the event.

Thames Valley police and the concert organisers had been involved in a legal row over the cost of policing the event.

Reading BC leader David Sutton criticised the police attempt to dictate the number of police officers necessary for the festival.

'I can think of no other circumstances where anyone can name the price and the extent to which their services are used,' he told the paper.
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