PEOPLE attending the Rewind festival at the weekend were targeted by a gang of professional thieves.
More than 30 revellers had money stolen from their tents in the main campsite at Temple Island Meadows during Friday night. The thieves were chased by security staff but escaped.
It was the only downside to the Eighties pop festival, which was attended by more than 20,000 people on both Saturday and Sunday. It was the fifth time it has been held in Henley.
Police set up a tent in conjunction with the festival organisers to interview victims of the gang.
Rebecca Bullough, 42, from Bedfordshire, woke on Saturday morning to find both her handbag and a friend’s handbag missing from their tent.
She said: “We heard nothing but in the morning we found my friend’s purse and phone under the next door neighbour’s tent.
“All the cash was gone but they had left the cards. Altogether about £250 was stolen from both bags.”
Promoter David Heartfield, from Rotherfield Greys, said: “We do help people as much as we can but unfortunately this is something that happens at all festivals, although it is the first time it has happened at Rewind.
“We do advise people not to bring valuables with them.”