Essex: Tens of thousands expected to flock to this weekend’s V Festival

V Festival

V Festival - Credit: © James McCauley

Around 90,000 people are expected to descend on Chelmsford for a two-day music festival this weekend.

Officers at Essex Police are encouraging music lovers at V Festival to keep an eye on their belongings, friends and how much they have to drink.

The festival at Hylands Park has a reputation for being one of the safest on the summer calendar and officers will be working to ensure it remains that way.

Policing co-ordinator Chief Superintendent Andy Prophet said: “Anyone who has been to V in Essex will know that there is a real community atmosphere and this is why it’s sold out each year.

“People come from all over the country to see some top-class acts and enjoy the summer sun in relaxed surroundings.

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“However, there are also those who come with the aim of selling drugs, peddling dodgy merchandise and stealing belongings.” Crimestoppers will be working alongside Essex Police by making people aware of the anonymous way to alert police to any criminal activity.

Ch Supt Prophet added: “Criminals are warned that the extensive array of CCTV cameras will combat their actions, with strong measures being taken against them.

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“These people should become our customers, not innocent music lovers, so don’t let these criminals spoil it.”

Temporary speed limits will be enforced on roads around the site with increased patrols targeting drink-drivers.

While council employees will ensure parking restrictions in nearby streets and grass verges are adhered to.

St John Ambulance will be providing an 160-strong team of healthcare professionals, ambulance crews, first aiders and support staff at the festival.

Last year around 900 casualties were treated by St John Ambulance members and 10 were taken to hospital.

St John Ambulance’s South Anglia district manager Darren Bartholomew said: “Many of the patients we treated last year were suffering from alcohol related conditions and injuries.

“We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we urge people to be sensible about the way they celebrate because no party goer wants to end up as a patient.”

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