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Bestival-goers warned to expect longer queues with increased security checks and armed police

Music fans heading to Bestival 1are being warned to expect longer queues, as the festival have ramped up security with extra bag searches and armed police. Following in the footsteps of the likes of V Festival2 and Glastonbury in increasing security provisions3 in the wake of the Manchester terror attack4, Bestival will be working closely with police in its new location of Lulworth in Dorset.

We will have a dedicated 24 hour policing presence, with officers carrying out high visibility patrols in the site, around the perimeter and wider Purbeck area, said Chief Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police.

Uniformed officers will be supported by a small number of armed officers who will provide a visual reassurance message and can answer any questions festival goers may have. A Bestival spokesman added: We have liaised with Dorset Police and our security team and are confident that a proportionate and realistic level of resource and procedures are in place to ensure effective policing and security of the festival.

We ask Bestival-goers to be aware that they will be subject to additional searches this year .

We have increased the number of security personnel at all entrances to facilitate the searches, but this may make entrance slower than in previous years. They continued: Please be patient if there are queues and please cooperate with any security requests and searches . Please check the T&C s of entry5 and our prohibited items list6 to avoid slowing down the searches.

We d greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation with this.

Bestival-goers Warned To Expect Longer Queues With Increased Security Checks And Armed Police


After moving from its former site on the Isle Of Wight7, this year will be the first at its new home of the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. After Soulwax stepped in to replace headliners Justice8, this weekend will also see performances from The xx, Jamie T, Pet Shop Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Dizzee Rascal and many more. Check back at NME for the latest news, reviews and more from Bestival 2017.


  1. ^ Bestival (
  2. ^ in the footsteps of the likes of V Festival (
  3. ^ Glastonbury in increasing security provisions (
  4. ^ Manchester terror attack (
  5. ^ check the T&C s of entry (
  6. ^ prohibited items list (
  7. ^ moving from its former site on the Isle Of Wight (
  8. ^ Soulwax stepped in to replace headliners Justice (

Round-the-clock security reinstated at historic hotel to protect it from vandals

ACTION is being taken to try to prevent vandals breaking into a historic New Forest hotel and wrecking the ornate interior.

PegasusLife has reinstated round-the-clock security at the Lyndhurst1 Park Hotel and boarded up more of the windows after being told by police to increase security.

It follows a spate of incidents in which hooligans have destroyed a large number of fixtures and fittings.

The hotel, which dominates the eastern entrance to the village, closed in 2014 with the loss of more than 20 jobs.

Plans by PegasusLife to bulldoze the building and replace it with 74 retirement apartments were rejected by the New Forest National Park Authority2 (NPA) earlier this year.

As the complex continued to stand empty, vandals started smashing their way in and wrecking the rooms.

Two months ago conservationists said a priceless stained-glass window installed in the 19th century was among the items that had been destroyed.

Now more of the windows have been boarded up, including those on the upper floors .

In some cases metal sheeting or the original glass has been replaced with wood.

It follows a meeting attended by representatives from Hampshire police, New Forest District Council3 and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

In a letter to Lyndhurst Parish Council, Police Inspector Katherine Willoughby says: My understanding is that PegasusLife withdrew the 24/7 security once the planning application had been declined.

We have requested that further security is put back on and that the premises are secured with more thorough boarding.

Parish councillors are waiting to see if PegasusLife will lodge an appeal against the NPA s decision or submit a revised scheme.

Speaking last month Grant Drummond, development director for the site, responded to concerns by saying the company was doing everything it could to protect the site.

He said: We are in regular contact with the police and have reported all break-ins that we ve become aware of.

Our security company has detained people on site and passed details of people and vehicles to the police and this has resulted in at least one arrest.

We re taking every practicable measure to minimise opportunities for unlawful access.

Asked about the latest attempts to protect the site a company spokesman said: We currently have 24/7 security with two guards and have installed a welfare unit for them.

A Hampshire Police spokesman added: We attended a partnership meeting about this issue and security at the site has been improved.


  1. ^ Lyndhurst (
  2. ^ New Forest National Park Authority (
  3. ^ New Forest District Council (

Increased security at this year’s NASS Festival in the wake of recent terror attacks

This year s NASS Festival will take place amid increased security measures in the wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester. Thousands of people are expected to attend the three day extreme sports and music extravaganza at the Bath and West Showground which begins on Thursday (June 6) with headliners Pendulum expected to take to the stage on Saturday.

23 people were killed in June in a suicide bombing at the Manchester arena1 while eight people were killed in London Bridge2 after a group of attackers drove a van into pedestrians and stabbed dozens of people.

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Worshipers near a mosque in Finsbury Park3 in London were also targeted in a suspected terrorist incident after a vehicle ploughed into them. Jamie Monson, festival director of NASS said: Like all major events and festivals, we are aware of a raised level of threat across the country, though we do not currently have any specific threat related to the festival or surrounding area.

We continue to plan the event closely with the police and security services and the police will have a presence on site throughout the festival to support our dedicated security provider.

We have increased security measures in place for 2017 and continue to work vigilantly with all our partners to deliver a safe and enjoyable event for all attending.

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Due to extra security measures, entrance into the festival may be slightly slower .

To ensure we get all festival goers in as quickly and safely as possible, ticket holders are being advised to please pack light, be patient and co-operate with instructions from the security team.

NASS is the latest in a series of public events including the Glastonbury Festival4 and a concert by Jess Glynne5 to have extra security measures.


  1. ^ suicide bombing at the Manchester arena (
  2. ^ London Bridge (
  3. ^ Finsbury Park (
  4. ^ Glastonbury Festival (
  5. ^ Jess Glynne (