Essential tips on how to stay safe at the Big Weekend
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More than 30 medical staff and 130 police officers have been called in to keep the crowds safe and well over the Big Weekend.
Some 50,000 people are expected to attend the two-day Radio 1 festival, where Taylor Swift, Muse and Foo Fighters will take to the stage.
Festival-goers have been warned to stay away from legal highs, keep hydrated, drink alcohol sensibly and watch out for thieves.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: 'Nobody wants to see their day end in a trip in an ambulance, so we're urging people to behave sensibly and not over-indulge.
'One of the simplest things many forget is just to keep hydrated by drinking enough water. And as you can never predict what the weather will be like we'd recommend taking both sun cream and extra clothing.'
Superintendent Dave Marshall of Norfolk police said while he was delighted the Big Weekend was coming to Norwich, he warned it would allow criminals to take advantage of people whose guard was down.
Temporary CCTV and about 65 police officers will be assigned to the event each day, patrolling the site and surrounding neighbourhoods.
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Supt Marshall warned people against turning up without a ticket, as there would be no tickets for sale on the gates.
'If you haven't got a ticket don't attend, you won't get in. Go somewhere with friends where you can watch it live.'
People will be searched as they enter Earlham Park, but Supt Marshall said while it was not an event that usually had a problem with illegal drugs or legal highs, anyone found in possession would be ejected from the festival and could face police action. 'People who take part in this type of behaviour are taking serious risks with their lives.
'Often they do not know what they are taking and the drugs may contain harmful substances,' he added.
Other safety advice included:
• Stick with friends and do not walk alone in darkness.
• If you travel by car make sure no valuables are left inside and that it is properly locked and secure.
• Plan how you are getting to and from the event.
See Monday's paper for a 16-page supplement full of pictures and reviews from the Big Weekend.