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Make personal safety number one at Sundown Festival 2017

Just Regional
Aug 31, 2017 3 mins read

As some of the music industry’s biggest chart acts head to the Sundown Festival at the Norfolk Showground this weekend, police are calling on revellers to make their own personal safety number one.

Around 40,000 people are expected to visit the festival and police are encouraging people to have a great time and to feel reassured that police patrols will be in place as a precautionary measure.

Festival goers are being urged to make sure they keep their personal belongings safe and to also behave responsibly.

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark said: “We have taken the practical and precautionary decision to provide patrols outside the Norfolk Showground. Whilst Norfolk is a safe county, this additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public and being ready to respond.

“Security guidance will be issued by the event organisers and I would encourage the public to adhere to this advice and be aware that you may be subject to searches. Please arrive with plenty of time to allow for extra checks to take place and to ensure you get access to the venue before the event begins.

“My advice to those camping is to only bring items that are essential and think about security of valuable items, particularly mobile phones.

“This is a fantastic event and we want everyone to have an enjoyable time; however, do remain vigilant and if you have any concerns, please approach one of our officers or event stewards who will be happy to help.

“Also, if you want the most up to date and factual information, please follow our twitter (@NorfolkPolice) and Facebook (/norfolkpolice) pages.”

As well as festival-goers protecting themselves from thieves, they are also being reminded to be sensible when it comes to drinking alcohol and warned about the dangers of taking illegal substances.

Chief Insp Clark added: “We would advise anyone drinking alcohol at the festival to be sensible, know your limits and to stay with friends. Officers will also be monitoring alcohol sales to ensure there is no underage drinking. Anyone found to be drinking alcohol underage could be asked to leave the event.

“I would also like to remind festival-goers about the legislation around psychoactive substances. It is an offence to supply them or to have them in your possession with the intent to supply. In addition, the organisers of Sundown have prohibited these substances. People will be searched on entry to the site and anyone found in possession of illegal drugs or psychoactive substances will be ejected from the festival and may face police action.”

Other safety tips for festival goers include:

* Stick with friends and don’t walk alone in darkness
* If you travel by car make sure no valuables are left inside and that it’s properly locked and secure.
* Plan you weekend ahead and know how you are getting to and from the event

A video, encouraging festival-goers to keep switched-on to their surroundings is on Norfolk Constabulary’s YouTube page. You can see it at https://vimeo.com/181182383

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