There will be extra security at Glastonbury1 this year. While there is no intelligence to suggest a threat policing might look and feel slightly different this year warns the police. These are the main points:
1 . There remains no intelligence to suggest there is a specific threat to the event
2 . There will be more police around the perimeter of the event
There will be new uniforms and a new policing style
4 . Officers will be wearing body cameras
5 . Police have urged all ticket-holders to be patient as new security measures are put in place
In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters, gold commander for the Glastonbury Festival police plan said:
“Public safety is always our top priority but we also want everyone going to the festival to have a great time.
“There is no intelligence to suggest a threat to Glastonbury Festival but we, along with the event organisers, will be taking extra security precautions this year.
“The policing style might look and feel slightly different this year there will be a higher visibility of officers on the parameters of festival helping security with searches.
“Our officers will also be wearing their new black uniforms, including their protective vests and body worn cameras – this is nothing different from officers on the beat across the region.
Ballerinas surround policemen in the Circus field (Photo: ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
“We ve always worked very closely with the event organisers and we have tried and tested plans in place for all eventualities.
“Like the rest of the UK, festival-goers should be alert but not alarmed.
“If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately . You can do this in the normal way – by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 if non-urgent . You can also report anything to officers or security staff on patrol on site .
In addition to this, we will also have the facility for festival-goers to come to the police compound and report any issues they might have.
“We would like to reiterate the advice that Glastonbury Festival has already issued about packing light and putting luggage tags or some form of ID on all your bags.
Your Glastonbury Festival essentials
“Be patient if there are queues all ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, their bags and their person at this year s festival.
“This might make entrance slower than in previous years but please be patient if you are in a queue and cooperate with any security requests and all searches.
“Don t forget to come and say hello to our officers on-site they will be happy to have a chat, offer advice, hand out crime prevention items and pose for a picture if you ask nicely!
“Make sure you are all following us on Twitter – @PoliceatGlasto for all the latest advice and photos from the festival.”
Police are increasing patrols at two mosques in Cambridge after strips of bacon were today (June 8) left on the car windscreens to insult fasting Muslims. Four vehicles were targeted in the hate crime at about 12.30am at the Omar Faruque Mosque in Kirkwood Road, King s Hedges as Muslims celebrate Ramadan1. Officers will also patrol around the mosque in Mawson Road, off Mill Road, following the incident.
The mosque on Mawson Road
The attack on worshippers came after the terrorist incidents in London and Manchester, which have triggered an increase in hate crimes across the country. In London there has been a five-fold increase in hate crimes following the London Bridge Terror attack, according to the city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan. A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: We are aware of this incident and an investigation is underway .
We will be carrying out extra patrols in the area of both Cambridge mosques.
“We were called to a prejudice incident in Kirkwood Road, Cambridge, at around 12.30am this morning. TellMAMA, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, said: We have received information that worshippers at the Omar Faruque mosque in Kirkwood Road, Cambridge, came out from prayers to find strips of ham on the windscreens of four vehicles.
Worshippers who had fasted were confronted with the anti-social and anti-Muslim actions.
We are increasingly receiving reports of such activities where pork products are being used to abuse fellow citizens who happen to be Muslim.
Clearly in the minds of perpetrators, they believe that pork products are an insult to Muslims.
The monitoring group had a similar report from Cambridge in April when bacon was left on the handle of a Muslim man s car who was returning from Parkside swimming pools with his 6-year-old niece when he discovered the pork product. A police spokeswoman said: We were called at around 3.50pm on Monday, April 24, to reports of a prejudice incident in Queen Anne Terrace Car Park, Cambridge.
The offence took place between 1.20pm and 3.45pm on Sunday, April 23.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting crime number CF0235440417.
The mosque has been asked for comment.
Police will work closely with local authorities to beef up security at general election 1polling stations and counts tomorrow (June 8). The region will see an increased policing presence and extra security staff working at election venues in the wake of the three recent terror attacks in Westminster2 and Tower Bridge in London3 and Manchester Arena4. East Cambridgeshire District Council has confirmed it will be conducting hourly sweeps of its count venue in Soham tomorrow into Friday (June 9) to ensure the safety of all in attendance and only authorised persons will be allowed in.
“As expected, security measures will be tight at this week s general election count,” a spokeswoman said. “There will be security at several points on accessing Ross Peers including on accessing the car park and on the door.
Security will be tight for the general election 2017 (Photo: Getty Images)
“There will also be hourly sweeps of the venue, so please do not leave bags unattended at any point.”
Cambridgeshire Police told the News that while there is no specific threat to Cambridgeshire, there has been an increased visible policing presence6, particularly in crowded places, since the terror attack in London that will continue throughout polling day tomorrow. Police are asking the public to be alert, but not alarmed, and to report any suspicious behavior or activity.
Chief Inspector Laura Koscikiewicz, who will be leading the operation for Cambridgeshire Police, said: “We are working closely with the local councils to ensure the elections in Cambridgeshire run smoothly and in an honest and transparent manner. Meanwhile in South Cambridgeshire, only those registered to vote will be allowed access to polling stations and staff have be advised to keep an eye out for anything untoward.
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on June 8 (Photo: Warren Gunn)
Alex Colyer, acting returning officer and interim chief executive at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: I would encourage everyone to make sure they get out and vote.
“Our election staff have been fully briefed to ensure they are vigilant at polling stations and report anything suspicious immediately . There will be additional security at our election count and, as always, only those registered to attend will be allowed in. Results are expected to be declared sometime between 3.30am and 6am across Cambrisgeshire.
- ^ general election (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Westminster (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Tower Bridge in London (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Manchester Arena (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Controlled explosions in the heart of Cambridge after suspicious package discovery (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ increased visible policing presence (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)