Police vow to ensure festival safety

The boardwalks at Port Solent this evening, as visitors enjoyed the Festival of Christmas

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A DEDICATED policing plan has been put in place for this weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival.

Hampshire Constabulary is working in close co-operation with Solo, the festival’s organisers, to keep crime to a minimum at the event.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight Festival police commander, Superintendent Simon Dodds, said: ‘For more than 15 years, the Isle of Wight Festival has maintained a reputation for having low levels of crime and a friendly atmosphere.

‘As in previous years, police will be patrolling the site in partnership with security staff to ensure a safer environment for members of the public enjoying the festival.’

Hampshire Constabulary’s crime prevention advisor added: ‘Upon arrival, festival-goers are invited to spend time at our festival police station in Seaclose Park, where we’ll be offering further interactive ways to stay safe throughout the festival.’

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