Home   Beccles   Article

A12 could face delays near Yoxford as tens-of-thousands of revellers descend on Latitude Festival as Suffolk Police issue important safety warning




Suffolk Police have warned motorists of delays on the A12 as tens-of-thousands of revellers descend on Latitude.

Officers have said traffic to the festival, which starts tomorrow, could mean there are delays on the road which links Ipswich and Lowestoft to the site to Henham Park - and have warned of slow traffic between Yoxford and the venue.

Traffic cops have said drivers should allow extra time for journeys, and have advised if the area can be avoided it should be.

Latitude Festival returns tomorrow, and Suffolk Police have warned of delays on the A12 as thousands of festival goers make their way to the site. Picture: Latitude (49439905)
Latitude Festival returns tomorrow, and Suffolk Police have warned of delays on the A12 as thousands of festival goers make their way to the site. Picture: Latitude (49439905)

And those attending the festival should consider public transport, officers said, and that busses were running from local railway stations to the site.

The summer festival was cancelled last year after the Government ordered events to close across the country in an effort to control the coronavirus, and the county's police force have urged people to be vigilant and have said they are working with festival organisers to help keep the event safe.

"The number of people attending the event means Latitude has a population equivalent to the size of a small town and, with the setting, the chance to see a verity of acts, and in a relaxed atmosphere it can be easy to forget about safety and security," a police spokesman said.

Wolf Alice, who is set to be one of the headline acts at Latitude Festival this weekend.
Wolf Alice, who is set to be one of the headline acts at Latitude Festival this weekend.

"The main crime at music festivals across the UK tends to be thefts from tents on campsites. Phones, laptops, tablets and cash are typically the most stolen items.

"In previous years there have been a number of such offences, many on the first night of the festival when it’s likely that criminals target tents on the assumption that those camping are settling in and have not made plans for their security."

And in the warning to gig-goers, the spokesman added: "Other thefts have occurred while festival-goers had their attention diverted while they were watching performances. This included instances where people had camera equipment stolen from near their feet, thefts from bags that were being carried and items stolen from pockets.

"With this in mind, police are asking you to think about security before you head to the site and to consider a few simple pieces of advice that should help to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time."

Suffolk Police urged people attending the event to;

  • Stick with your friends and look out for each other;
  • Follow the advice of stewards and security personnel on the site;
  • With warm weather likely, moderate your alcohol consumption. Overdo it and you may find yourself in trouble with the police or stewards. Have a glass of water between drinks and pace yourself;
  • Be careful. Festivals give you the opportunity to meet new friends but going off alone with people who you’ve just met may lead you into situations you don’t want to be in;
  • There is safety in groups. Set up camp near friends, make friends with your neighbours and learn the layout of the site so you can find what you need – toilets/ stewards, etc., without getting lost. You can always ask staff for help with directions or anything else you may need;
  • Don’t bring large sums of cash, lots of credit/ debit cards, or lots of valuables with you. Only bring what you need and keep them on you, or in a locker, at all times;
  • If you can’t take your valuables with you when you leave your tent leave them at home. A tent offers little, if any, security and can easily be entered even if the entrance is padlocked;
  • Make use of the property Storage Tent onsite, open 24 hours, to store your valuables and possessions securely;
  • Place any property that would be attractive to thieves (cash, credit cards, mobile phones, cameras, etc.) inside a bag and tuck it into your sleeping bag when you go to sleep with larger items at your feet;
  • If you arrive by car don’t leave anything in your vehicle, including satellite navigation systems/ CDs, cash etc. Take everything with you or leave it at home;
  • Keep mobile phones secure. It’s easy for a pickpocket to remove items such as these from a pocket or bag in a crowd without you noticing.

Read more: All the latest news from Suffolk