Armed officers will be in attendance at Boundary Festival tomorrow, helping to police the event and ensure a safe environment for those enjoying the festivities.
Nearly 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival in Stanmer Park which will also be party to plain-clothes officers, specially-trained dogs and armed officers.
Superintendent Paul Betts said: “We want everyone to enjoy the festival and officers will be working with the event security to keep people safe. The event site has a zero tolerance approach to drugs.
“There will be amnesty bins just before the search area, giving people the opportunity to dispose of any substances before they enter. Be aware you will be searched before being allowed to enter, please be patient and consider whether you really need to bring a bag as these will be searched and slow down entry. Drugs dogs and plain-clothes police officers will be patrolling the area and will be working closely with the site security.”
Superintendent Betts added: “People need to be aware that the site is next to a busy road and pick-ups and drop-offs are strictly in the designated areas only.”
We spoke to some students who are planning to attend the event about concerns they had with the heightened security:
“It makes you worry that something might happen. It’s kind of counter-intuitive. Their [police] presence makes you think about the dangers more, especially with all the attacks we’ve been having.”
“It doesn’t bother me, I feel like it’s a good thing. As long as you’re not doing anything wrong you’ve got nothing to worry about.”
“I think that they [armed police] might cramp the vibe a bit you know? Everyone will be on edge.”