Waltham Abbey: Festivals debut at Lee Valley Showground
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Monday 30 August
We’d like to thank everyone who helped to ensure two large music festivals passed off safely for their debut at the Lee Valley Showground in Waltham Abbey.
Nearly 30,000 people attended the Eastern Electrics and Maiden Voyage festivals over the weekend, Saturday 28 and 29 August.
Event organiser Columbo Star – which was responsible for safety and security on site - worked closely with Epping Forest District Council, Essex Police, Hertfordshire Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service to ensure the event was safe.
Essex Police and Hertfordshire Police also had plans in place to respond to any incidents that may have needed a police response and patrolled outside the showground.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs on Saturday and one person was arrested on suspicion of assault on Sunday.
Superintendent Craig Saunders said:
“This was the largest event of its kind to be held in Essex for some time, and we were all keen to ensure people could get to and from the venue safely and enjoy the music without it being spoiled by any trouble makers.
“We were also keen to minimise disruption to the local community.
“Very few crimes were reported to us, which meant the vast majority of festival-goers could enjoy the performances safely and trouble-free.
“Columbo Star, the council and emergency services had worked closely together to ensure a robust security plan was in place and I’d like to thank all those involved for their support in helping to ensure the event was a safe one.”
Tuesday 24 September
We’re asking people to enjoy themselves but to act responsibly as the Eastern Electrics and Maiden Voyage festivals make their debut at the Lee Valley Showground, Waltham Abbey.
Up to 15,000 people are expected to attend Eastern Electrics on Saturday 28 August, and another 15,000 are expected at Maiden Voyage on Sunday 29 August.
Event organiser Columbo Star is responsible for safety and security on site during the festivals.
They have been working closely with Epping Forest District Council, Essex Police, Hertfordshire Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service to ensure the event is safe.
Essex Police and Hertfordshire Police also have plans in place to respond to any incidents that may require a police response and there will be officers near showground.
Superintendent Craig Saunders said: “We’ve worked with partners to be satisfied that Columbo Star has a robust security plan in place to ensure the highest standards of public safety.
“As with any large event, we also have a policing plan in place to ensure troublemakers do not spoil the event for the majority of people attending, or cause disruption to the local community.
“We want festival-goers to enjoy themselves, look out for one another and be safe.
“But anyone intent on committing crime or disorder will be dealt with robustly.”
If you experience crime or see something that concerns you, please approach a member of the security team.
Alternatively, speak to police officers outside the site, or contact Essex Police online where you can speak to an online operator at between 7am-11pm.
Always call 999 in an emergency.
To help you stay as safe as possible we are issuing the following advice:
* Keep your cash, cards and car keys safe at all times and avoid using back pockets though - they are more easily targeted by pick pockets.
* Try not to walk around with your mobile phone, camera or other expensive items on show - take them out of your bag when you need them and put them back in when you've finished using them.
* Pay attention to what's going on around you and stick together.
* Enjoy a few drinks but know your limits and don't make yourself vulnerable by drinking more than you can handle. Alcohol impairs your judgment and can make you a more vulnerable target.
* Keep your phone battery charged in case you need to contact your friends and at night, stick together, avoid wandering off and stick to well-lit busy walkways.
* You can help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything that looks out of place or suspicious by reporting it to security staff. You can also speak to police officers who will be patrolling outside the festival site for your safety. Remember though to always dial 999 in an emergency.