Cheshire Police is working closely with the organisers of this
year′s Creamfields music festival to minimise the
impact of the event on the local community.
Inspector Sarah Heath, of Warrington South
Neighbourhood Policing Unit, and Inspector Gareth Lee, of
Runcorn Neighbourhood Policing Unit, will
be responsible for policing in the local
communities surrounding the site throughout the event.
Both inspectors will be on hand over the course of the weekend
(from 6am on Friday 24th August to 6am on Monday 27 August) - along
with a dedicated team of community officers - to
address the specific concerns of residents and
deal with any cothmmunity policing issues arising directly from the
Inspector Gareth Lee said:
- Inspector Gareth Lee, Runcorn Neighbourhood Policing
The main priority of local officers is to minimise
disruption for local residents over the Bank Holiday
weekend. As with any large-scale event we anticipate some level of
disruption − particularly on local roads. But we want to
reassure residents that we will be doing all we
can to reduce the impact of the event on the local area.
We will take positive action regarding any
incidents of crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour and we
will work closely alongside other agencies to solve any issues
regarding traffic, noise or litter.
Over the weekend of the event it will be ‘business as usual′
within the neighbourhood policing areas of Warrington South,
Runcorn and Widnes so the dedicated team of community officers is
above and beyond the normal service that residents would
Extra officers will be drafted in over the Bank Holiday weekend
to police the music festival and they will be working shifts. This
will enable neighbourhood officers to continue with their
normal duties - patrolling the surrounding areas of
Warrington South, Runcorn and Widnes.
Planning for the policing of the event started earlier this year
and as part of the planning process a special Creamfields community
focus group has been meeting on a monthly basis to address any
issues or concerns.
The focus group is made up of key members of the local
community, members of the police planning team and representatives
from other agencies involved in the planning process. Any issues or
concerns raised during the meetings have been fed back into the
strategic planning meetings for the event.
Cheshire Police is working closely alongside the event
organisers, local authorities, parish councils, local residents and
other agencies to ensure the event runs safely and smoothly.
A special phone line will again be set up over
the weekend of the festival and any residents who have any policing
issues or concerns arising directly from the event can call the
number and speak to an officer.
Any policing issues or concerns that are raised will be
fed back to the dedicated team of community
officers and, if required, issues will be raised with the
event organisers who will be meeting on a regular basis on the
Inspector Sarah Heath said:
- Inspector Sarah Heath, Warrington South Neighbourhood
Ticket holders are being urged to be mindful of the fact that
the site lies in a residential area and to be respectful
towards neighbouring properties as they enter and leave
the site. Positive action will be taken against anyone causing
disruption to the local community.
Festival goers are also being reminded that the area
around the site is an ‘Alcohol Free Zone′
and this means that the drinking of alcohol in the street outside
the event will not be tolerated. Police will take positive action
against anyone found to be breaking the rules. Alcohol will be
confiscated and appropriate action will be taken.
A detailed traffic management plan has been produced by the
organisers of the event in consultation with Cheshire Police to
deal with the increased traffic coming into the area.
This year′s event opens on Friday 24th August. The majority of
festival goers are likely to be heading for the site on Friday
morning and leaving on Monday morning. These are the times when
residents can expect some congestion on local
This year the majority of the A56 outside the
event site will be designated a ‘No Pedestrian′
zone over the course of the weekend and this means that
people will not be allowed to walk alongside that section of the
road either before, during or immediately after the event − this is
to ensure the safety of those attending the
The special phone line, which will be available
over the weekend of the festival, is 01606 365429.
Any local residents who have any policing issues or concerns
arising directly from the event can call the number and speak to a
local community officer.
The number will be staffed from 7am on Friday 24th
August until 12 noon on Monday 27th August. At all other
times please use 101.
For any other issues arising over the weekend of the event (such
as noise, litter, traffic etc) residents are urged to contact the
Creamfields Residents′ Line on 0203 3289 882. This
is being staffed by the organisers of the event throughout the Bank