Police have urged dance music followers attending the Creamfields North pageant to depart any medicine or weapons in amnesty bins earlier than getting into – warning the actions of those that carry prohibited gadgets might have “life-changing penalties”.
About 70,000 persons are attributable to attend the UK’s largest dance pageant in Daresbury, close to Warrington, over the financial institution vacation weekend, with acts together with Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Idris Elba and Carl Cox on the line-up.
In a press release about policing the occasion, Superintendent Sarah Heath, from Cheshire Constabulary, stated searches would happen on entry and sniffer canines would even be in attendance.
Anybody present in possession of medication or weapons will face punishment, she warned.
“Annually, months of planning goes into ensuring we’re as ready as potential forward of Creamfields going down,” she stated.
“Simply as in earlier years, the occasion organisers could have a variety of safety measures in place resembling searches earlier than being granted entry and drug canines in attendance.
“Amnesty bins are additionally in place at entrance factors of the positioning for prohibited gadgets and anybody who doesn’t use these bins however is discovered to be in possession of medication or weapons might be handled.
“So I might urge you to please assume earlier than you act as the choices that you might make could have life-changing penalties.”
Medication amnesty bins have been used at earlier UK occasions together with the Bestival and V festivals, Ascot and the Grand Nationwide, and Caribbean carnivals.
Creamfields North, the unique pageant, follows the brand new Creamfields South occasion launched in Chelmsford in June.
Simply over 100 crimes had been reported on the North pageant in 2021, most of them drug-related, in keeping with the Warrington Guardian, with 29 arrests made. Police in Essex made 16 arrests on the inaugural South occasion.
Superintendent Heath stated nearly all of folks on the pageant this yr would take pleasure in it responsibly.
“Nonetheless, I have to additionally make it clear that any type of criminality won’t be tolerated and we’ll do all the pieces in our energy to make sure that the actions of a small minority don’t affect those that are out having a superb time,” she added.