Leeds city centre awash with Festival mud and wellies UPDATED

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Leeds city centre was awash with mud and discarded wellington boots yesterday as revellers made their way home from the three-day Leeds Festival.

The area around the city’s railway station was described as looking “like a refugee camp” as festival-goers were unloaded from buses transporting them from the site at Bramham Park.

PIC: Gerard Binks

PIC: Gerard Binks

Many chose not to take their mud-caked wellies with them on their onward journey from Leeds and left the footwear in the station or nearby.

Leeds residents took to Twitter to complain about the state of the streets in the city centre, with one saying the area was left in “a disgraceful state”.

One Twitter user, Jules Martin, wrote: “The aroma of sweat, smelly wellies and manure surrounds cordoned off teenagers sleeping on Leeds station floor this morning.”

Another tweeted: “Leeds station looks like a refugee camp. Knee deep in mud and piles of abandoned wellies everywhere.”

A Leeds council spokesman said extra resources were being deployed to clean up the mess and its lead councillor for environmental services said an “urgent conversation” was needed with organisers to discuss who would pick up the bill.

At 1pm yesterday there were stills hundreds of festival-goers waiting for trains at the station, with many forced to sit on the floor because of a lack of space. Fast-food outlets in the station concourse were doing a brisk trade, leading to food wrappers and other detritus being strewn on the floor.

Litters bins were full and Network Rail staff were called into action to sweep up mud from the floors.

Heavy rain over the weekend saw the festival site, which played host to acts including Green Day, Biffy Clyro and Eminem, become a complete mud bath.

A number of festival-goers complained about problems leaving the car park, with many vehicles becoming stuck in the mud and some having to be towed out. This led to major delays for those trying to drive out of the car park and gridlock on nearby roads.

Despite the complaints, the event, which has been organised by Festival Republic since 1989, was hailed a success.

Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn said: “We work closely with Leeds city council year round and we will of course discuss this issue and any other concerns that they may wish to raise. We’ve never talked to the council about wellies before, but we are very happy to do so.”

* TWENTY-EIGHT arrests were made during the festival, a slight increase on last year, largely for offences including assault, public order and drugs.

Chief Superintendent Andy Battle of West Yorkshire Police said the numbers were “very low indeed when compared to the huge number of people attending and the festival has by and large been peaceful and good natured”.

He said: “Those attending have had to put up with some pretty awful weather at times and that has unfortunately helped create some traffic delays those trying to leave the site.”

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