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Glastonbury revellers urged to be patient amid raised security checks

Festival goers are being asked to “be patient” as they contend with heightened security checks to get into Glastonbury. Extra car and bag searches mean getting on the site is likely to be a slow process for the thousands of ticket holders hoping to set up camp early. Avon and Somerset Police say there is “no intelligence” to suggest a specific threat to the festival. However, in the wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester, increased security measures have been introduced. Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters says the policing style “may look and feel slightly different” but, like the rest of the UK, “festival-goers should be alert but not alarmed”. High visibility officers are going to be present throughout the festival, mostly for reassurance. “Police officers, they’re going to be wearing black shirts, they’re going to be wearing protective vests and body cameras – but that’s no different to any day to day patrol,” she added.

After the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, security at major music events has been a lot more visible. Armed police protected rockers at the Download Festival and the Isle of White. In Germany, thousands of people had to be evacuated from a rock festival when police received a credible terror threat. John Gearson, Professor of National Security Studies at King’s College, says police face a challenge; how best to deter copycats without making the public feel alarmed. “The difficult question, I think, for the police and for the organisers is how far an armed police presence will be appropriate and needed to deter people who might want to carry out armed attacks. “We are going to control it and contain it, but in the current climate people have to accept that there is a greater risk, let’s say a residual danger, than there was in previous years.

“People who think they’ve got nothing to do with politics will find they are the target of some of these terrible violent acts.” Festival goers have been asked to play their part in keeping Glastonbury safe and secure. Ticket-holders have been told to pack light, place luggage tags or ID on all bags and belongings including their name and mobile number. Queues getting into Glastonbury are nothing new . It is, after all, the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. This time last year, on the Wednesday before the festival, congestion on the roads caused traffic jams that some claimed lasted almost 11 hours.

The reason then was simple: mud .

Flash floods meant poor conditions for driving onto the site.

Glastonbury Festival security stepped up with revellers warned of …

Revellers are being warned of the potential of lengthy queues to get into this year s Glastonbury Festival1 after security on and around the site is stepped up. Around 200,000 people are expected at the festival site at Pilton over next weekend for three days of music and fun. And although police say there is no intelligence to suggest any sort of threat to the festival, in wake of recent terrorist attacks, extra security precautions are being taken this year.

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Avon and Somerset Assistant Chief Constable and gold commander for the Glastonbury Festival police plan Caroline Peters 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.

Revellers watching the sun rise from the Stone Circle.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury Festival2

This year s festival, at which Radiohead, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran will be performing, will see more officers on the perimeter of the site helping with security searches. And police say although festival goers should not be alarmed they should remain alert. Assistant Chief Constable Peters added: The policing style might look and feel slightly different this year there will be a higher visibility of officers on the perimeter 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.

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“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.

Police horses watch over crowds at Glastonbury Festival 2009

“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.

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“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.

“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.

There is always a police presence at Glastonbury 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.

People attending the event can also follow police on Twitter at @policeatglasto for all the latest advice and photos. Highways England has already warned that motorways and major A roads leading to the Glastonbury Festival site are likely to be busy between Tuesday, June 20, and Friday, June 23 as festival goers arrive. The worst time to arrive by car is between 7am and 2pm on Wednesday .

In recent years at peak times, the A39 queue to get into car parks took several hours, while it took less than an hour for those travelling on the A37.

Glastonbury Festival 2017: What time are this year’s headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran on stage?4

Increased levels of traffic are also expected on Monday, 26 June as people leave the site at Pilton in Somerset.

The primary motorway route for festival traffic to the site is the M5, with southbound drivers exiting at junction 23 to take the A39 and A361, and northbound drivers exiting the M5 at junction 25 and taking the A358, A303 and A37 while the A303-A37 is also used for traffic arriving from London.

References

  1. ^ http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/all-about/glastonbury-festival (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury Festival (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Glastonbury Festival 2017: How long does it take to walk between stages on Worthy Farm? (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Glastonbury Festival 2017: What time are this year’s headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran on stage? (www.bristolpost.co.uk)

Increased security for Pulse events Monday

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – On Monday, thousands of well-wishers will be in Downtown Orlando to mark a year since the Pulse attack. City leaders say they’re working to make sure everyone stays safe. With the event itself remembering an act of terrorism, there are concerns that Monday s ceremonies may become a target.

City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, says anyone who shows up with bad intentions better watch out. You know what ? Sheehan said, if they’re gonna try something, they will be hurt! Sheehan says Orlando police and Orange County deputies are more than up to the task. We have very good security, we have lots of people with guns,” she said. “If they’re going to cause a problem, they might end up being hurt, and I’d advise against it . Do not commit violence against our community . We have a very well-armed police force. Orlando police put out a statement saying: “The safety and security of our residents and visitors is always our top priority . There will be an increased law enforcement presence throughout the city of Orlando – some of these efforts will be visible to the public and others will not be.”

Mayor Buddy Dyer said they’re not taking any chances. We have taken appropriate security, and we have all the proper protocols in place, he said. The day’s events will include ceremonies at Lake Eola and at Pulse nightclub.

Sheehan says the only way to honor the victims is out in the open.

We had talked about moving it to the Amway Center, and I don’t want to have to go behind magnetometers,” she said. “I’ve had violence threatened against me many times, and I think the only way to deal with that kind of threat is with courage, and go forth.”

Besides Orlando police and Orange County deputies, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI will also have representatives helping to secure the events.