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.
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.
- ^ Bestival (www.nme.com)
- ^ in the footsteps of the likes of V Festival (www.nme.com)
- ^ Glastonbury in increasing security provisions (www.nme.com)
- ^ Manchester terror attack (www.nme.com)
- ^ check the T&C s of entry (www.bestival.net)
- ^ prohibited items list (www.bestival.net)
- ^ moving from its former site on the Isle Of Wight (www.nme.com)
- ^ Soulwax stepped in to replace headliners Justice (www.nme.com)
ACTION is being taken to try to prevent vandals breaking into a historic New Forest hotel and wrecking the ornate interior.
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.
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.
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.
7000 Wimbledon fans line up for grounds tickets amid heightened security on opening day as Andy Murray prepares to …
Thousands of tennis fans who waited for up to 48 hours for Wimbledon tickets were braced for further queues today amid a heightened security operation. Almost 7,000 people were in the queue this morning hoping to get their hands on grounds tickets for the tournament. Some arrived as early as the small hours of Saturday morning to get a prime place in the queue for the tournament, which will see Andy Murray defending the title he won last year.
People were packing up their belongings this morning at the makeshift camp site as the gates opened at the All England Club for the start of Wimbledon 20171. Security: Barriers in place outside Wimbledon Tennis Club to protect pedestrians (NIGEL HOWARD)
First in line was Des Robson, from Northumberland, who arrived at 1.30am on Saturday. The computer technician said: I drew up a bucket list after having two heart attacks two years ago and getting on Centre Court at Wimbledon is top of the list.
Keen: First in line was Des Robson, from Northumberland (Alex Lentati)
This year s tournament is going ahead with a heightened security operation in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK. Anti-vehicle security barriers can be seen at the gates of the grounds and both uniformed and plainclothes officers are set to be deployed throughout the two-week event. Queue: Ticket hunters camp out close to the Wimbledon Tennis Club hoping get tickets (NIGEL HOWARD)
Primary school teacher Lorraine Percy, 28, left Poole in Dorset at 3.30am to join the line with two friends from her tennis club.
She said: The security has been increased very obviously . It took hours to get through the checks this morning but I think it s needed after what happened in London Bridge.
Wimbledon: The Met have put into place a ‘robust’ security plan (NIGEL HOWARD)
The cement barriers are really important and everyone has been very organised.
I wanted to see Federer but he s on tomorrow and you can only have one day off work . He s a total magician. Queue: Enthusiastic tennis fans camped overnight
To be here now and soak up the atmosphere . It s amazing round here like a mini Glastonbury.
And Amy Tregidgo, 31, was celebrating her tenth time camping out for early tickets but the first with her new boyfriend Michael Guy. Queue: Tents pitched up on Sunday night by those hoping to get tickets into the grounds (Getty Images)
She said: Every time the first day throws up these incredible moments whether it s a wildcard making a name for themselves or a top seed crashing out.
The players you don t know play out of their skins because it s Wimbledon . I just can t see why I won t come to camp out every time until I die.
Tournament: Thousands were waiting first thing this morning to gain entry to the grounds (PA)
Everyone is doubting Murray a bit after the injury but I think he s perfectly capable of getting to the final.
I use to rock up at 11am and get a centre court ticket no problem but its getting busier and busier . I m sure people will start camping on a Saturday soon. The Met revealed it had been working with the All England Lawn Tennis Club throughout the year to draw up a robust security plan for the world-famous tournament.
Superintendent Jo Edwards explains Wimbledon security measures
Superintendent Jo Edwards, the Met officer in charge of security, told the Standard a significant number of officers from a range of different specialisms , including firearms officers, were being deployed.
Hundreds of thousands of people descend on this corner of south-west London each year and have a great time at the championships that is exactly what we want this year, she added.
What we have to do is take into account the methodology that s been used at recent attacks by attackers and we have got to make sure we have measures in place to mitigate against the differing types of attack.