Police give anti-terror advice to Glastonbury Festival goers on ‘probable threat’
Police have offered advice on what to do if there is a terrorist attack at Glastonbury – but insist there is no increased threat ahead of next week’s 50th anniversary celebrations
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Police have warned Glastonbury festivalgoers what to do if there is a terror threat.
About 200,000 people will head to Worthy Farm in Somerset next week for the five-day event, which runs from Wednesday June 22 to Sunday June 26.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic music festival hosted by Michael Eavis since 1970.
But the 2020 festival had to be postponed due to Covid restrictions, instead, the festival will take place in 2022.
While police insist there is no increased terrorist threat at the event, they have warned ticket holders to be vigilant.
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The newly issued warning from Avon and Somerset Police, as part of broader safety advice, states: “Remember, the chances of being caught in a terrorist incident are very small.
“But if it happens – Run, Hide, Tell.”
The police force is coordinating with the Anti-Terrorist Foundation’s #BeSafeBeSound campaign on social media.
The statement continued: “There is no intelligence to suggest an increased threat to Glastonbury 2022 or any other festival or musical event taking place this summer.
“However, as we did during our last festival in 2019, we will again by supporting Counter Terrorism Policing’s #BeSafeBeSound campaign on Twitter and Instagram.”
Police have also warned of the potential for a drink spike – and advised festivalgoers to stay vigilant, seek immediate medical help and call the police.
As is usual at such a large event, police officers will patrol the festival site and local area.
“It’s the event’s policy not to start and stop on the festival site,” the statement added.
“We, along with the local council and the festival, will have a representative at Pilton Village Hall throughout the event for locals to talk to if they have any concerns or concerns.
“With more than 200,000 people at the event every day, we don’t underestimate the impact the festival has on the local community.
“Officers and staff will be patrolling all routes to the venue to ensure festivalgoers have a safe ride and locals are as minimally disturbed as possible.”
This year’s Glastonbury Festival will be hosted by Billie Eilish on the Main Pyramid Stage on Friday night.
Paul McCartney, who just turned 80, will perform on Saturday night. While Kendrick Lamar headlines on Sunday.
Sunday afternoon’s lore slot will see Diana Ross join the iconic Pyramid Stage.
Big-name artists who will perform on other stages include Foals, Pet Shop Boys and Megan Thee Stallion.
Brit award winner Little Simz, girl group Nineties TLC and DJ Calvin Harris will also appear.
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