Police issue safety advice ahead of Reload Festival at Norfolk Showground

PUBLISHED: 08:38 05 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:38 05 September 2014

Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

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As some of the biggest chart acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s head to this weekend’s Reload Festival, officers are urging revellers to make sure their own personal safety takes centre stage.

Around 10,000 people are expected to visit the two-day event at the Norfolk Showground with around 1,200 people camping from today.

South Norfolk Policing Commander, Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, said: “This is the first time the Reload Festival has come to Norfolk and whilst we want people to enjoy themselves, it is also important that festival-goers stay safe and protect their personal belongings.

“My advice to anyone attending Reload this weekend is to keep belongings like mobile phones, wallets and cameras secure and be aware of your surroundings. It is also worth installing your smart phone with a tracking device or app which can help officers locate stolen property.”

Chief Inspector Armes also said it is not just personal belongings people should be keeping an eye on: “As we saw with the Sundown Festival last weekend there are some people who get on the wrong side of the law and spoil it for others. We would encourage people to moderate their alcohol consumption, know their limits and not overdo it.”

Festival goers are also being advised to plan their journey to and from the event. Motorists can expect delays in and around Costessey on Saturday and Sunday evening and festival-goers are advised to pre-book taxis and arrange to be collected from the designated pick up and drop off points at the entrance of the main car park.

Anyone travelling by car is being reminded to make sure it is left locked and secure with no valuables left inside.

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