Armed police officers are set to be on patrol at V Festival1 this weekend for increased security, as organisers says there will be extra checks. Earlier this year, V Festival organisers Festival Republic said that they were looking into ways to increase security2 in the wake of the Manchester terror attack3 looking into extra ways to protect their fans . Now, V Festival say that they have been working with local authorities at the highest level , and that there will be extra bag checks for fans arriving by car and by foot.
Your safety is our priority and we ve put in place all necessary measures to maximise public safety, working closely with local authorities at the highest level, say V organisers . We ask that you also play a part in keeping Virgin V Festival safe and secure, so please take note of our messages4 . Pack accordingly and stay strong together.
They added: All festival goers will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, bags and their person.
Please be patient if there are longer queues than normal . We request that you co-operate with any security requests and searches . Please pack light and take note of our bag restrictions.
Speaking in the wake of 22 music fans being killed in the Manchester terror attack, V organisers said5: The festival perimeter, arena, backstage and off-site areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts . Festivals are what we do . The hundreds of staff working on these events know them inside out and have been working on them for many years.
Your safety is our utmost concern .
Please review our Personal Safety section on the festival websites and if you have any major concerns please don t hesitate to get in touch. This comes after extra provisions and checks were put in place at Glastonbury 20176. V Festival 2017 welcomes the likes of Jay Z, Pink, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, The Wombats, James Arthur, Stormzy, Craig David, Dizzee Rascal and many more. Check out the weather forecast here7.
- ^ V Festival (www.nme.com)
- ^ V Festival organisers Festival Republic said that they were looking into ways to increase security (www.nme.com)
- ^ Manchester terror attack (www.nme.com)
- ^ please take note of our messages (www.vfestival.com)
- ^ Speaking in the wake of 22 music fans being killed in the Manchester terror attack, V organisers said (www.nme.com)
- ^ extra provisions and checks were put in place at Glastonbury 2017 (www.nme.com)
- ^ Check out the weather forecast here (www.nme.com)
Police are appealing for clues after a security guard was stabbed in the leg outside a Cornish supermarket. Officers say she was approached by two men and another woman in Morrisons’ car park near Pool. The attackers reportedly ran off in the direction of a nearby estate, after it happened in broad daylight.
Anyone who saw something at around 1pm the Friday before last is being urged to come forward. A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police are investigating an incident at a Morrisons store on Agar Road in Redruth which occurred at approximately 1pm on Friday 14th July.
“A female security guard at the store was approached by a woman and two men in the car park . The woman stabbed the security guard in the leg with a sharp implement.
“The suspect is described as in her 20s, white, approximately 5ft 2ins tall, of a slight build, with shoulder length curly blonde hair and was wearing a blue tracksuit top and jeans.
“The woman and ran off in the direction of the nearby estate”. A spokesperson from Morrisons said: “We will assist police with their enquiries”.
Posting on Pirate FM’s Facebook page, Natalie said: “Poor woman . I hope she recovers and is OK . Sadly it doesn’t matter where you live or how beautiful the area is, there will always be crime”.
Debbie added: “Disgusting human being; what on earth ? I hope the security guard is OK”.
Dianne wrote: “Cornwall didn’t have very much crime when I was growing up .
It’s changed so much down there, heartbreaking to hear about”.
Danny said: “What has happened to our calm and peaceful Cornwall?
Yvonne posted: “What the hell is wrong with some people” and added “all this violence really scares me”.
Mel called it “scary”, Denis has described it as “disgusting” and Debbie added “wishing her well; disgraceful”.
If anyone witnessed or has any information regarding this incident please contact police via email@example.com or on 101 quoting Crime Ref CR/59489/17.
Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
2:01pm 27th July 2017
A robot security guard has “committed suicide” by drowning itself a public fountain after just a few days on the job. The Knightscope K5 robot1, which bears a striking resemblance to a Dalek, had been brought in to patrol the area outside the Georgetown Waterfront shopping centre and office complex in Washington DC. It was found face-down in the fountain on Monday afternoon, after apparently tumbling down some steps into the water.
The K5 robot stands about 5 feet tall, weighs 300lbs (over 21 stone), and has a maximum speed of 18 miles per hour – although it usually moves at 1 to 3 miles per hour. Knightscope claims the security robot is better than a human guard, because it never gets bored of its job. It is equipped with a range of sensors – including a 360-degree camera, thermal imaging sensors, a laser range finder and radar – which are supposed to enable it to move around autonomously.
(Image: Knightscope, Inc./Youtube)
It is designed to prevent crime by detecting abnormal noises and temperature changes, scanning car number plates and checking them against a police database, and using facial recognition technology to spot known criminals. If it detects any security threats, it can squeak, whistle and make other loud noises intended to scare off criminals, as well as alerting the local authorities. In a statement to the Washington Post2, Knightscope described the fountain incident was “an isolated event”, and promised to deliver a new robot this week for free.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped scores of observers sharing pictures of the drowned robot on social media, and casting their own aspersions about why it decided to end its life. This is not the first controversy involving the Knightscope K5 robot.
Earlier this year, police in California arrested a man after he drunkenly attacked one of the robots3 and knocked it over outside Knightscope’s own headquarters in Silicon Valley. The assailant, 41-year-old engineer Jason Sylvain, said that he wanted to “test” the security robot .
He was arrested for prowling and public intoxication.