Extra security measures will be in place this week as Belfast’s Vital festival kicks off at Boucher Road Playing Fields in the wake of recent terror attacks.
With 60,000 plus music fans expected to descend on the site this week to see Muse1 and Tiesto2 , those attending are being advised to adhere to the policies put in place by organisers who say they are mindful of recent terrorist incidents in UK and elsewhere. Rucksacks and large handbags are not permitted at the event and searches of bags will be carried out.
The PSNI3 canine unit will also be patrolling the area. Belfast Vital event controller Paul Scott has reassured the public that extra security measures will be in place in the wake of recent terror attacks.
He told Belfast Live: “We have been working with our friends at PSNI for the last number of months to ensure that persons who arrive for the gigs are safe.
“We are very mindful of what has happened both in Great Britain and elsewhere so there will be an enhanced security operation in place, there will be a fairly thorough check of persons coming in, the PSNI will be monitoring the roads coming in to ensure the safety of our patrons both inside and outside the venue.
VITAL event controller Paul Scott surveys preparation work from the stage ahead of this week’s major music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast. (Image: Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)
“Don’t be bringing rucksacks or large handbags, certainly ladies are welcome to bring a small, reasonably sized handbag but don’t be arriving with suitcases or rucksacks as you will not be permitted into the venue sadly.”
PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley is urging those attending the gigs to stay safe and follow police and security staff guidance.
“We want to make this event as safe as possible for all concerned that is our main concern . We want people to come and enjoy the event but to be safe when they are doing so.
“We’ve put all the provisions in place that we can but ultimately it’s the responsibility of those attending, we have a mixed audience of those that are under 18 and those that are allowed in under 16 with the accompaniment of an adult who must be aged over 25 and ID will be required,” he said.
PSNI drugs sniffer dog Jaz will be on duty at the VITAL music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast this week.
He continued: “When you are coming to this event we would encourage you if you are doing to drink, please drink responsibly, obviously under 18s can’t drink and where anyone comes to the event with drink or substances that they shouldn’t ave we will obviously be addressing that and you do run the risk of not being permitted into the event.
“So please come, be responsible and enjoy the event, but overall please stay safe.”
Final preparations are underway for the VITAL music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast this week. (Image: Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)
Those attending the gigs are also being advised that no car parking will be available around the Boucher Road area and so using public transport is strongly recommended. Translink is providing special coach, bus and train services for both performances on Wednesday, August 23 and Saturday, August 26. Translink’s Gemma Thompson said: “Balmoral Train Station is situated close to Boucher Playing Gields and we will enhance services throughout the day to bring people to the site.
“Coming home, late night rail services will run from Balmoral in both directions to Lisburn/Portadown and Belfast with onward connections to Carrickfergus, Bangor and Coleraine.
“These trains will operate following the concert from 10.45pm until 11.45pm subject to demand . Special return train tickets are still available to buy in the selected stations with prices from 5- 14.
“Special festival coaches will run from locations across Northern Ireland including Derry, Claudy, Dungiven, Maghera, Castledawson, Toomebridge, Newry, Banbridge, Strabane, Omagh, Ballygawley, Dungannon and Tamnamore .
Coach tickets are 17 and available to buy online only until 11am on the day of each concert.”
Pictured getting ready for the massive music gig are music fans l-r Elora Denny, Aine Kelly and Emma Lewis. (Image: Brian Morrison)
Passengers can pay on board the service, just 1.35 with a Smartlink car of 2 for a cash single fare .
Metro services to the event will be available every 12 minutes from 3.20pm-7.20pm outward and a return bus service will be available subject to demand.”
It can be a challenge finding a new job but for those looking in Swadincote and Ashby there are a variety of roles on offer . From working in a factory to keeping customers safe while they are out shopping, there are jobs on offer across a wide range of sectors. For those looking for something different, a new challenge or even their first job, here are some of the roles on offer at the moment.
Simplified Recruitment is on the look-out for reach truck drivers to join a market leader in global logistics . The successful applicant will work at the busy distribution centre in Swadlincote. The recruiter is looking for someone who can perform any number of tasks including driving of FLTs, picking, packing, putaway, Ecomm processing, loading and unloading, PI counting, hygiene, returns and be able to use desktop PCs and laptops.
Securitas is looking for someone with a sense of integrity, security know-how and desire to serve to join the team as it makes up the core of the company. The successful applicant will need an SIA security licence and be immaculately turned out, polite and pro-active when engaging with customers to ensure a complete customer experience is provided.
Requirements of the role include security experience, an SIA security licence, a full driving licence and access to a vehicle. Anyone interested has until September 4 to perfect their applications and more information on what is required is available here4.
GBA Services is looking for someone to take responsibility for maintaining and developing specific customer accounts, which will involve quoting and sourcing the best possible logistics option for a variety of customers from various industries. The successful candidate will have a logistics background ideally within express freight and experience managing customer expectations and developing sales as well as strong leadership and communication skills.
Applicants must have previous experience of working towards KPIs and recording information accurately and to tight deadlines . Anyone interested has until September 11 to apply and more information is available here6.
JR Personnel is on the look-out to provide a professional and business-like service to customers at a company in Ashby. They are looking for someone to efficiently deal with credit control tasks, chase payments on the phone and liaise with other departments relating to customer relations/service requirements.
The successful applicant will be a confident person with excellent customer skills and phone manner as well as being able to use Microsoft office skills and be highly organised.
Elmers End robbery: Cash-in-transit security guard rushed to hospital after heist outside south London Tesco
A cash-in-transit security guard was rushed to hospital after he was attacked and robbed1 outside a south London supermarket. Police were called to a Tesco superstore, in Croydon Road, in Elmers End, at 12.02pm on Saturday to reports of a robbery. On arrival they found the security guard suffering injuries to their face, a police spokesman said.
The robber fled with a stolen cash box, but it was recovered by officers nearby.
The security guard being taken into an ambulance after the robbery (Elliot Wagland)
One witness told the Standard he was told the security guard was attacked as he transferred cash from the cash point into his van. A Met spokesman told the Standard it is not yet known how serious his injuries are, but that there is nothing to suggest they are life-threatening or life changing.
He told the Standard: We were called at 12.02pm to reports of a robbery at Elmers End.
Nothing indicates firearms were used . A cash box was stolen but recovered nearby by officers.
No arrests have been made.
- ^ attacked and robbed (standard.co.uk)
- ^ Police arrest 45-year-old man after fatal stabbing outside Argos (www.standard.co.uk)