Up to 50,000 festival goers are expected to flock to Boardmasters this weekend and Devon & Cornwall Police are on hand to help event organisers ensure it runs smoothly and to minimise crime.
Superintendent Brent Ireland, from Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “In what is one of the busiest periods in the calendar in Cornwall, we will be prepared for the large influx of visitors to Newquay over the coming week, as the Duchy’s largest event, Boardmasters, starts.
“To help make sure the event runs smoothly, we will have additional patrols in Newquay town centre throughout the event and a visible presence on the festival site itself. Newquay Police Station front counter will be open Wednesday to Sunday. In addition, we will deploy dedicated armed officers, traffic cars and traffic motorcyclists in and around Newquay area, all to keep residents and visitors safe.
“This is one of our busiest weeks of the year in Cornwall and we ask that everyone takes responsibility for their safety – if you are attending the event, please don’t leave valuables such as mobile telephones unattended, or in unoccupied tents. Please take care of your friends and family during this busy time.”
Police have some crime prevention advice for those attending:
- If you are concerned for your safety, contact the nearest steward, security staff, police officer or go to one of the festival’s welfare tents which are located in the main arena and campsite.
• Never leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol.
• Don’t leave anything valuable in your tent – there are a number of thefts smart phones and devices from tents every year. Check your car daily and leave your glove compartment empty and open.
• Try and keep your phone, cash and cards on you, even at night. All traders on site accept cards, so there is no need to bring a large quantity of cash to the festival.
• Respect, protect, enjoy – that is the message from the police and partners this year. Please help protect the environment by taking home your litter. Campfires and barbecues are not allowed at the festival and visitors should avoid their use in areas which are at risk of wildfire.
• Take the ‘anti’ away from anti-social. Please drink responsibly and put your safety and the safety of others first. Your dream might be someone else’s nightmare. Be considerate of others around you. Shouting, swearing and loud music may cause fear and distress to others. If you need help and advice, but aren’t sure who to contact then AskNED, the non-emergency online directory – dc.police.uk/askned
• Remember, sex without consent is rape. No ifs, no buts, no excuses. There is no consent if agreement has been forced or coerced and not given freely, or if a person is impaired through drink, drugs or is not conscious. If you need help and advice visit: dc.police.uk/consent
• To report a non-emergency online visit dc.police.uk to access our online channels – WebChat and Report Crime Online. Alternatively, call 101 – our non-emergency number. In an emergency always dial 999.
For more information on festival safety go to: dc.police.uk/festivals
Festival Safe also have a collection of guides for festivalgoers to help you stay safe and have a good time. Go to festivalsafe.com