CRIMEFIGHTERS who worked around the clock to ensure a major music festival was as safe as possible for revellers reported a drop in incidents.
Figures have shown that fewer crimes were committed at this year’s V Festival in Weston Park, Stafford, than at the event last year.
In total, there was around a ten per cent reduction in overall crime during the long weekend, which was attended by scores of people from Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire.
Staffordshire Police, which worked closely with crowd management and security firm Showsec to crack down on anyone breaking the law, said it was pleased with the improved statistics.
Peter Owen, chief inspector of the Staffordshire Police said: “We feel it’s been a successful year and shown more than anything how the multi-agency operation with the promoters and professional security firm, can actually make a difference. The size of the festival is the equivalent of a small town and the relatively small amount of crime we have had is a real achievement. We’re thrilled about the fact we’ve seen a further reduction than previous years in crime numbers. Working alongside and proactively with Showsec has aided this year in being the most successful V Festival yet - a result from the planning alongside Showsec and event management that’s been in place since last September.”
More than 1,000 drugs searches were also carried out on the site during the festival, leading to more than 100 ticket holders being thrown out of the music event.
Mark Logan, director of Showsec, said: “The major successes of the weekend we believe have manifested in a successful, proactive anti drug campaign and a re-design of the festivals egress system, and uplift in the proactive customer services delivery, which has cascaded downwards from the management team. Overall delivery and maintaining V Festival Weston Park’s reputation as a safe and engaging event to attend.”
The firefighters on call at the festival have also revealed that there were less blazes reported than last year.
There were 31 minor cases, compared with 54 in 2012 and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s station manager Mick Jahn said: “We had a number of minor isolated incidents over the three days. Given that there were over 85,000 people at the event, it was a very small number of incidents and firefighters have dealt with no injuries. Fighters and officers worked on rotation over the three days, providing on site response to incidents and multi-agency co-ordination within event control at all times.”
Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service and volunteers from St Johns Ambulance also worked during the weekend to ensure everyone’s safety, treating more than 1,500 revellers and referring 36 to nearby hospitals.
Andy Redhead, festival organiser, summarised: “We’re really pleased with how the weekend went. Being on the backfoot on Friday with weather against us, we battled for a couple of hours and came out on top. And it stayed that way.
“We’re fortunate that we work with such professional agencies planning the festival and we’re looking forward to starting preparations for 2014.”
This year those who flocked to the annual festival were treated to performances from lots of much-loved bands, DJs and singers including Beyonce, Kings Of Leon, Calvin Harris, The Script, Jessie J, Stereophonics and many more.
For a review of V Festival, Weston Park, see a future edition of the Nuneaton News or visit www.nuneaton-news.co.uk