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Armed police patrols for Cornwall's biggest festival

Armed police patrols for Cornwall's biggest festival

Published by Emma Carton at 9:37am 8th August 2018. (Updated at 10:53am 8th August 2018)

Armed police will be on patrol, with 50 thousand visitors expected to hit Cornwall's biggest festival.

The force says the officers will be out and about on foot for Boardmasters, to reassure the public about security.

There will also be extra police patrols in Newquay town centre, the roads network and the main event at Watergate Bay.

Scroll down to check the latest traffic and travel to get you into the festival.

"While the UK threat assessment remains at Severe, we believe this is a very safe event and the deployment of armed officers to an event of this size and scale is now routine practice and the public should not be alarmed.

"It is not in response to any specific intelligence about terrorist activity in the area".

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith

Traffic and Travel:

Drivers are being warned to expect queues and long delays on the A3059 and at Porth.

There will be a temporary 30mph speed limit around the event, enforced by safety camera vans.

Extra vans are also being deployed on the A30, to reduce the risk of crashes and keep traffic flowing.

Police will also be cracking down on drink or drug drivers leaving the festival or town centre each night.

"Drink or drug drivers ruin lives across the country and we intend to target any that may choose to leave Newquay after consuming alcohol or using drugs.

"We have specialist equipment to test drivers who may have drugs in their system.

"For me, the best result is that we do not find any, which is why we are telling the public about the operation in advance.

"If you have had a drink please stay at the festival site or in the town, do not get in your car".

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith

Heading to Boardmasters?

Inrix Traffic and Travel is already reporting delays on Henver Road in Newquay and the B3276 to Watergate Bay.

You can plan your journey with Pirate FM's live traffic and travel here.

Festival Safety:

Police are warning festival-goers about organised groups who steal from tents, after a spate of thefts last year.

"Last year we had 60 thefts reported during the event, mostly from unoccupied tents.

"We encourage festival goers to secure their valuables and not to leave them in unattended tents at any time".

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith

Boardmasters 'No-Fly Zone'

Over the last few years police have seen an increase in drone misuse, this includes drones flying illegally at major events such as Boardmasters.

Drones that are flown over major events can pose a significant risk to public safety and this year the Civil Aviation Authority have authorised a temporary restricted airspace around both the Fistral and Watergate Bay sites.

This specifically relates to drones and means anyone who uses any kind of drone or unmanned aircraft within this airspace commits a criminal offence under article 239 of the Air Navigation Order 2016.

The restriction is in place from 9am on Thursday 9th August until 3pm on Monday 13th August.

The Devon and Cornwall Police drones team will also be deployed at Boardmasters so if you see a drone at the event, it may be a police drone and does not mean that members of the public can operate their own.

Anyone found to be flying a drone within this airspace will have their equipment seized and be dealt with by police.

"Our drone essentially gives us mobile CCTV, anywhere. It is a fantastic tool for modern policing and will allow both us and the event organisers to monitor the safety of crowds and tackle crime and disorder".

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith

You can download more information about the law on drones here, or download the free NATS DroneAssist App.

How can I contact police?

The front desk of Newquay Police Station will be temporarily open during Boardmasters, from the 10th to the 13th August; the peak time for an increased population in the area.

A police enquiry officer will be available to respond to enquiries and take reports from the public.

Opening hours will be 10am to 4pm, with a half hour break for the member of staff at 12.30pm.

Devon and Cornwall Police offers a range of online nonโ€“emergency contact methods as alternatives to the 101 telephone service.  Read more.

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