December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Sundown Festival was the scene of one of the most bizarre crime scams of modern times this time last year – and now police have issued advice to ensure this year’s revellers stay safe.
In 2012, a number of mobiles were stolen at the event, with one thief caught after stolen mobiles could be heard ringing in his trousers.
The man, aged in his 20s, was found with 20 stolen phones hidden inside a pair of tights underneath his trousers and was later convicted of theft and jailed for 30 months.
Ahead of the return of the festival this weekend, Norfolk police have issued a list of top tips for staying safe.
About 30,000 people are expected at the Royal Norfolk Showground, with around a third of them camping.
South Norfolk police commander, Chief Inspector Stuart Armes said: Sundown is a great event for Norfolk which is growing in popularity every year.
We want people to have fun and enjoy the acts performing on stage this year, but we would ask that people take sensible precautions, keeping belongings close-by and staying aware of who is around.
A police mobile pod will be available near to the Dereham gate from 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday to deal with lost or stolen property or other criminal matters.
Other tips from the police include:
A tent will not be secure for valuables, invest in a secure locker
Moderate your alcohol intake,
Do not lock valuables in your car
Dont walk alone in the darkness, stick with your friends.
It seems set to be a glorious sun-packed weekend according to Weatherquest. Forecaster Chris Bell said: It looks like its going to be a great weekend, we cant see any rain, only some light cloud on Saturday which will burn out later on in the day.
It will feel cooler and more autumnal, with highs of 17 degrees rather than the mid-twenties weve been experiencing lately. It will feel much cooler in the evening.
Campers are expected to start arriving tomorrow afternoon. But for those wanting to travel in locally First Bus have a dedicated bus service.
First bus spokesperson Chelsea de Silva said: Theres a dedicated page for Sundown on our website and more information can be found on the Sundown official webpage, but we will be running a shuttle.
The X1 Service will provide a direct route from Norwich Bus Station to a drop off point outside the Royal Norfolk Showground or catch the 100 Service, which will operate from Norwich Rail Station via Norwich Bus Station direct to a dedicated stop inside Norfolk Showground.
More information is available on www.sundownfestival.co.uk.
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