CAMP Bestival has closed early due to today's storm.

The festival at Lulworth Castle was due to finish this evening. However, organisers say they have been forced to shut the event over safety fears.

In a statement posted on the festival's social media channels, organiser Rob Da Bank said: "We are utterly devastated and heartbroken to say that we have been advised by our safety teams that we cannot reopen arenas again today due to the severe weather and the forecasting of continual rain and high winds.

"We've had the best three days in Camp Bestival's history. It's been our greatest ever show with all our favourite performers, shows, stages and artists, and we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with you all.

"You are by far the best festival audience and we love you dearly.

"This has been such a tough decision but the safety of all has to be of paramount importance.

"The campsites will remain open tonight if you want to continue with your Camp Bestival stay."

On Friday night, pop star Rick Astley was joined by former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry on stage as she turned drummer during his performance.

Simple Minds were due to perform as Sunday night's headline music act.

They commented on the post from Camp Bestival's official Twitter account writing: "Very sorry to announce that @CampBestival has been cancelled today due to weather, so #SimpleMinds will not perform... more info below from the organisers...".

Organisers said a ticket refunds policy would be issued as "as quickly as possible".