Creamfields festival is fast approaching, and Cheshire Police have been working hard to ensure this year will be a safe and secure one, not only for those working at and attending the event, but also for the surrounding communities.
This year nearly 70,000 music fans from across the UK are expected to descend on Daresbury, for what will be the tenth time the festival has taken place in Cheshire. It is expected that approximately 30,000 fans will arrive on Friday 28th August, with a further 40,000 arriving on the Saturday.
Superintendent Bev Raistrick said:
"Cheshire Police works closely with the organisers of the event, local authorities, parish councils and other agencies as part of the planning process to ensure that the event runs safely and smoothly.
"As part of the planning process we continue to liaise with other police forces, who have similar experience of policing large scale events such as this, and with organisers of other large scale music festivals."
The policing operation for this year's event will begin at 7am on Friday 28th August and will run until around 2pm on Monday 31st August.
Throughout the course of the weekend officers have been assigned a variety of roles. Within the site officers will be dealing with any incidents of crime and disorder, regularly patrolling the campsite to provide reassurance to campers and to deter thieves and supporting the security staff.
Externally, officers will be involved with traffic management and policing in the local community that surrounds the site.
As normal officers from Runcorn and Warrington Local Policing Units will be working throughout the course of the weekend to deal with any issues that might arise in the local community, to minimise any disruption to local residents and to reassure members of the public.
Superintendent Bev Raistrick added:
"We work closely alongside the local community to minimise any disruption to local residents and to provide reassurance and advice before, during and after the event - addressing any issues or concerns they might have.
"Positive action will be taken against anyone who is found to be breaking the law or causing a nuisance."
A police contact point will be set up on the site and festival goers are urged to report any incidents over the weekend to officers at the contact point. This will be clearly signposted within the event arena.
Inspector Stewart Sheer, who is involved in planning the policing of the event, said:
"Festival goers are reminded that security will be tight at the event. Security measures will be in place and it is important that those attending are aware of these.
"Drug use will not be tolerated and positive action will be taken by police. Searches are a condition of entry and drugs dogs will be used at the entrances to the site.
"Bins will be provided at the entrances for festival goers to place any drugs or weapons into. Anyone found with drugs or weapons, having not placed them into the bins, will be dealt with by police.
"I would advise anyone considering bringing any such items to not bring them in the first place."
Further details about the policing operations for Creamfields 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.