Police preparing for Wild Life festival

WILDLIFE 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell.
WILDLIFE 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell.

Music lovers are being encouraged to have fun but stay safe this weekend, as Wild Life Festival returns to Shoreham.

For the past few months, Sussex Police has been working closely with organisers SJM Concerts Limited, local authorities and other agencies in preparation for the big event.

A number of performers will take to the stage as the festival – launched for the first time last year – is held at Shoreham Airport on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12.

Sussex Police said the force’s key aims will be to work with those involved to minimise disruption, prevent crime and disorder, and provide a safe and secure environment, both for music fans and the surrounding community.

With more than 30,000 people expected on site on each of the two days, individuals are being urged to ensure their personal safety and security while enjoying the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the festival.

Superintendent Jim Bartlett said: “Primarily, our aim is to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. For several months we have worked with partner agencies in preparation for the festival, and we’re confident we have the right plans in place to make it a success once more.

“Due to the large volume of visitors expected, there may be some disruption to travel in the area, and we would urge people to be patient and to plan ahead. Follow the signage, and heed the advice of stewards and police officers when making your way to and from the site.

“The event is being run with the full support of the local authority, and we will endeavour to prevent disruption and disorder wherever possible.”

Police said attendees are also being encouraged to take care of their personal belongings, such as wallets, purses and mobile phones.

Superintendent Bartlett added: “We want people to take care of themselves and their belongings. As well as protecting your valuables, think about the weather conditions and pack clothes, water and sun cream accordingly.

“We’re there to provide a policing presence. If anyone notices anything suspicious, dangerous or inappropriate, report it to police or stewards so that it can be dealt with swiftly and robustly.”

For the first time this year, there will be licensed VIP after parties which will run into the early hours of Sunday and Monday.

Those in attendance are also reminded to ensure they know the new legislation surrounding psychoactive drugs, which was launched on 26 May.

To find out more, visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/psychoactive-substances-bill-2015

To keep informed of any news and updates, follow the hashtag #WILDLIFE16 on Twitter.

For full details about the festival, visit www.wildlifefestival.com

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