THE police have said they will be working hard to ensure Isle of Wight Festival-goers have fun and stay safe this year.
Isle of Wight Festival police commander Chief Superintendent Dave Hardcastle said: "The Isle of Wight Festival has established a reputation for having low crime and a friendly atmosphere for more than a decade.
"We want festival-goers to enjoy themselves safely again this year, and we want any criminals to be warned off by our regular rigorous approach to protecting the Island.
"It’s always essential for police to patrol in partnership with security staff to ensure a safe festival.
"More than 100 officers, PCSOs and police staff will be deployed on duties in and around the festival site during the event."
He said officers would be working at Wightlink and Red Funnel terminals on the mainland to give advice to those travelling to the event and there would be further foot patrols at the Seaclose site entrance.
He warned of the dangers of 'legal highs' and said they were prohibited at the festival. He said anyone suspected of carrying illegal drugs would be searched and arrested, if necessary.
He added: "Police officers and trained security staff will work together to target drug dealers, prevent harm to people, and offer medical help to anyone vulnerable from the effects of drug use."
Policing across the rest of the Island remained an essential priority, according to Ch Supt Hardcastle.
"Our response to emergencies, crime and disorder across the rest of the island will be the same. Anyone should call 999 in an emergency as usual.
"In Newport, extra high-visibility patrols will again be focused on the Fairlee Road area and surrounding side roads to provide reassurance and responses to any concerns raised by residents.
"They can call on the services of their regular officers and PCSOs from the local Newport Safer Neighbourhoods team (SNT).
"A mobile police office will be parked on the grass verge at the junction of Fairlee Road and Seaclose Park tennis courts. We’ll be there between 12pm and 8pm on all four days between Thursday and Sunday."
"To report a crime, dial 999 in an emergency, or 101 for non-emergencies. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."
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