Peaceful Solstice at Avebury and Stonehenge

By Barrie Hudson - 21 June 2022

Community

Wiltshire Police say Summer Solstice was observed peacefully by thousands of people at the county's key ancient sites.

A drone view of Avebury
Officers were present as people gathered at Avebury and Stonehenge, and the latter alone attracted about 6,000.
Only two arrests were made at Stonehenge - a 49-year-old man from the London area on suspicion of common assault and a 41-year-old Trowbridge man on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Both remained in custody this morning.
Superintendent Phil Staynings said: "This year’s Summer Solstice – the first one celebrated as a public gathering at Stonehenge in three years - has been a success on many levels. 
"Inevitably, there were some traffic delays approaching Stonehenge due to the sheer number of vehicles wanting to visit the site, but overall the whole event has passed off with no major incidents and the atmosphere remained convivial throughout - no doubt helped by the weather which has been incredible this year.
"It’s good news that only two arrests were made, showing that the good relationship we have with our partners, including English Heritage at Stonehenge and the National Trust at Avebury, does work to make large scale events like this run smoothly."
 

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