Policing plan for Creamfields South festival

Police are encouraging festival-goers to have fun, act responsibly and look out for each other as Creamfields South festival makes its debut in Chelmsford.

Organisers are expecting up to 50,000 people at Hylands Park between Thursday June 2 and Saturday June 4.

Festival Republic is responsible for safety and security on site during the festival but Essex Police also have a dedicated policing plan in place for the event.

This plan includes carrying out intelligence checks to disrupt drug activity and disorder, roads policing operations to deal with drug and drink driving and officers outside to address any anti-social behaviour or welfare concerns.

There will be a small hub within the venue to allow officers to detain offenders ahead of any requirement for them to be taken to a custody suite.

Superintendent Nick Morris said: “A new festival brings new opportunities and we’re excited that an event like Creamfields South is taking place in our county.

“With any large event, we have well-rehearsed policing plans in place to ensure you have a safe festival. Our preparations have included assessing the level of risk around crime and disorder which could occur.

“We’ve worked with partners to be satisfied that Festival Republic has a robust security plan in place to ensure the highest standards of public safety.

“We want people going to the festival to enjoy themselves, look out for one another and be safe.

“We also want to remind people who are determined to spoil this festival for others that you will be detained and brought into custody.”

Supt Morris added: “Creamfields South is not the only event in Essex over the weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and extra policing resource will be available across the county.”

If you experience crime at the festival or see something that concerns you, please either approach a member of the security team or report the crime online at www.essex.police.uk call Essex Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.

If you cannot use your phone you can ask a member of festival staff to help.

Mick Ferris

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