Glastonbury 2014: Woman 'suffers spinal injury' at festival, airlifted to hospital

It is not known how or when the unnamed woman sustained the injuries

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A woman has been airlifted to hospital after suffering spinal injuries at Glastonbury, emergency services have said.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance said she was taken to Bristol Southmead Hospital, though it is still unknown how she sustained the injuries.

According to the South Western Ambulance Service, the incident didn’t come in as a 999 call, instead the festival’s medical services were the first to treat her.

Police say they weren’t aware of the incident when The Independent called.

Around 135,000 people are at the festival in Somerset this year, which looks set to be the wettest since 2007.

Torrential rain and lightning threatened to dampen spirits on Friday, with an electrical storm forcing organisers to temporarily shut down performances for safety reasons.

So far there have been 66 arrests at the festival on Worthy Farm, since events got going on Wednesday.

Liz Hughes, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "The festival is going very well so far from our perspective although we're certainly not going to be complacent.

"In the first couple of days we made some positive arrests of people we believe had come with the intent to commit crime.

"However, you still need to be sensible as you continue to enjoy all the entertainment on offer.

"Remember too that if you hold your phones up in the air they are easy to grab so think about leaving the photos and simply enjoying the moment!"