Visitors will only be able to get into the Queen Square event at three checkpoints and all bags will be searched. DJ Dicky Dodd will open the event at midday with family fun for the afternoon and then the live gigs, including Toploader, The Hoosiers, Lucy Spraggan, Kevin Simm and Pacific will take place from 6pm. Last year, visitors and shoppers could mill around Queen Square, but this year the area for the free event will be restricted.
People will only be able to access the site of the performances from three main entrances – on Dudley Street, Exchange Street and Lichfield Street. Each entrance will be manned by security staff and everyone will have their bag inspected before being allowed in. The site of the event will be thoroughly searched ahead of final set-up preparations being put in place.
Traffic restrictions also started at 8am today. Restrictions are due to be in place along Darlington Street at the junction of Waterloo Road, and along Lichfield Street from outside the Art Gallery to the junction of Princes Square. The organisers have also been working with the police who are carrying out patrols.
Cherry Shine, event manager, said: “We have changed the measures we had originally put in place after what happened in Manchester.
“Last year, at the 1980s fun fest event, we had enabled a free-flow of people throughout the centre throughout the day.
“Now, the flow of people will be controlled all day through the three entrances which will be manned by security staff.
“Our priority throughout the day is making sure people feel safe and secure and enjoy everything that Wolverhampton has to offer.”
The drinking of alcohol will be allowed in the site, though people attending must decant their booze into plastic cups provided by the organisers. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which allows police to seize alcohol from people, in Queen Square will be lifted for the event. Cherry Shine said: “People will be able to bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol . No glass bottles will be allowed in . People will have to decant their alcohol into the plastic cups we will provide in order to be allowed in.
“By providing the plastic cups it limits the amount that people can bring in – I don’t know many people that can carry more than two plastic cups at a time.
“The PSPO is aimed at reducing street drinking to tackle anti-social behaviour .
This is an event that encourages people to come along and enjoy Wolverhampton . The focus is not on the alcohol . Every major city across the UK has events such . By working with the police and introducing these controls, we will avoid any problems.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Armed response will not be policing the event.
“There will be an extra policing presence as it s a public event and staffed by local neighbourhood teams.”
Councillor Mike Hardacre, Labour councillor for Park ward, which is also covered by the PSPO said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and providing the necessary measures are put in place and it is properly stewarded then this decision to allow people to drink in the city centre does not seem unreasonable.”
Speaking about the enhance security measures, Councillor Hardacre continued: “It is very clear in my mind that security needs to be enhanced until the national security picture becomes clearer.
“It is only correct therefore that the local authority and other relevant authorities are taking these new measures that though not overly obtrusive, will better ensure that people can enjoy themselves safely and securely.”
The Civic Centre car park will be open from Wulfruna Street only and will have extended opening hours until 11pm . So will the NCP car parks in the city.
VIDEO: Security stepped up as thousands of families head to Staffordshire County Show.. .
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Security has been tightened at this year’s Staffordshire County Show but that didn’t put off thousands of families attending one of the most popular events in the agricultural calendar. The two-day rural celebration at Staffordshire County Showground2, near Stafford, opened its gates today to visitors from across the country. Organisers from Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society have worked with Staffordshire Police to increase security measures in the wake of last week’s bombing in Manchester with the 100-acre site covered by more than 40 CCTV cameras.
Drug dealer caught tryinto to smuggle cocaine and MDMA into V Festival3 Staffordshire County Showground chief executive Richard Williams said: “We have put on extra security and bag checks on arrival at the showground . We have metal detectors that are being used as well, extra foot patrols by uniformed police and sniffer dogs. VIDEO: Ten Green Bottles expands into Stone – there’s 60 different beers to try (& a few gins too)!4 The move was introduced in some cattle classes this year to enable farmers who may be otherwise unable to attend for reasons such as staffing or TB movement restrictions to showcase their herds.
Pictured: John Hartley from Farm to Shop in Leek
In total 35 animals were videoed on their farms ahead of today’s judging and the footage was broadcast in one of the livestock rings.
Dan said: “I watched a bit of the video footage and it was good to see quite a few people who have never shown here before . Hopefully it will encourage them to come to the show next time round.” Dad-of-six held knife to ex-wife’s neck – during holiday to Pontins5
Pictured: Joel Dart and Dan Weaver, from Stone, at the show
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SECURITY has been tightened at this year’s Staffordshire County Show but funseekers have flocked there in their thousands to soak up an action-packed two days in the sun. The two-day rural celebration at Staffordshire County Showground, near Stafford, opened its gates today to visitors from across the country and many showed up earlier than in previous years to make the most of the good weather and the many shows within the main event. Show organisers from Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society have worked with Staffordshire Police to increase security measures in the wake of last week’s bombing in Manchester and the 100 acre showground is covered by more than 40 CCTV cameras. The national security threat was raised to critical following the attack at Manchester Arena, but lowered to severe earlier this week, and police presence was stepped up at Staffordshire tourist attractions including Trentham Gardens. Staffordshire County Showground chief executive Richard Williams said: “We have put on extra security and bag checks on arrival at the showground . We have metal detectors that are being used as well, extra foot patrols by uniformed police and sniffer dogs. “On top of that we have our own security patrols .
The police have been very supportive and I think the show is as safe as it can be.” The events of last week failed to deter families from turning up in force for the show’s first day however . The show, in its 217th year, coincides with the half term school holiday and is packed with activities for visitors of all ages, from woodland crafts and animal encounters to a traditional Punch and Judy show and thrilling stunts in the main ring from the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team. The half term break also enabled St Joseph’s College pupil Dan Weaver, 15, from Stone, to exhibit Holstein calves at the show with friend Joel Dart, 16, also from Stone. The Weaver family, of Aston Pool Farm, have taken part in a first for the show video cattle judging . The move was introduced in some cattle classes this year to enable farmers who may be otherwise unable to attend for reasons such as staffing or TB movement restrictions to showcase their animals. In total 35 animals were videoed on their farms ahead of today’s judging and the footage was broadcast in one of the livestock rings. Dan said: “I watched a bit of the video footage and it was good to see quite a few people who have never shown here before, hopefully it will encourage them to come to the show.” Another return visitor to the County Show was John Hartley, of Leek-based business Farm to Shop, who was selling a variety of cheeses in the food hall and cookery theatre.
He said: “This is our third year here .
You get a good mix of people and they are down to earth.”