V Festival: ‘No police stationed’ at 2017 event

No police were stationed inside of V Pageant in 2017 on account of a dispute over money, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme is aware.

The organisers, Competition Republic, refused to pay the cost of special police services and products on the 50,000-robust event, Chelmsford Metropolis Council paperwork show.

There Have Been also considerations over the vetting of personnel and drug dealing.

Festival Republic has not answered to a request for remark.

Essex Police stated policing for a private event used to be the responsibility of organisers and not obligatory and it had had armed officers patrolling outdoor the Competition’s cordons.

Power to arrest

Meeting notes from Chelmsford Metropolis Council’s Security Advisory Workforce (SAG) – got via the Victoria Derbyshire programme by Freedom of knowledge request – recommend that in 2016 Festival Republic spent £138,000 on different police services.

In 2017, organisers submitted a request for police services at a value of £One Hundred,000, however an settlement on the extent of policing and money might not be reached.

As A Result, no police officers were stationed on website online.

The Festival befell two months after 22 people were killed in a terror attack throughout a concert at Manchester Arena.

Safety officers used by the Festival didn’t have the power to arrest or detain individuals, and had been urged to dial 999 for emergencies and One Zero One for non-emergencies.

SAG Meeting notes exhibit in October 2017, a council representative highlighted “that reporting to the police by means of the 101 number was an issue” as there was once no devoted reinforce to festivalgoers, and that “medication had been the most important concern, with out a police presence on site”.

The alleged sexual assault of a Thirteen-year-outdated lady used to be suggested to Essex Police, but by the time officers reached the website they have been unable to search out the suspect’s tent, by which the alleged assault was stated to have taken place.

A suspect package used to be additionally found on web site all through the Competition, paperwork counsel.

‘A Long Way too late’

Assembly notes counsel Essex Police were sad that the vetting of some 740 team of workers engaged on site was once “left A Ways too late” and that “some vetting was nonetheless occurring when personnel had been on website, during which level it’s too late”.

A Chelmsford City Council representative also stipulated that “final minute arrangements for this year’s Pageant have been unacceptable and this must be improved upon any longer”.

“The 2018 event must be deliberate well upfront, and an settlement in idea can be made ahead of tickets gross sales are recognized,” the representative introduced.

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “I in point of fact must stress that the protection of a business experience like V Pageant sits with the organisers.

“They’re licensed via the local authority, and that Security of people attending their event on payment is all the way down to them.

“That Doesn’t imply we abandon them. We had a actually good working relationship with Security, with Chelmsford City Council, to guarantee that individuals who were going There Have Been Protected.”

‘Robust examination’

The council Meeting notes also counsel Essex Police didn’t consider its tactical plan for Safety at the adventure had been met by means of the safety Advisory Workforce and Festival organisers.

Chelmsford County Council said: “the protection Advisory Crew course of lets in a transparent and Robust examination of all safety issues previous to and during the Competition to verify any possibility to Security is correctly managed and mitigated.

“The Lack of settlement on special police services and products used to be a chance which the Pageant promoter resolved via alternative means to the pride of the security Advisory Crew.”

Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel.

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