Officers Helping Big Weekend Goers Have Safe Event

One of the biggest music festivals is about to take Middlesbrough by storm and officers and staff from Cleveland Police are helping to ensure music lovers have a safe event.

 Police officers will be in and around the area to answer questions, direct crowds and ultimately keep the public safe.

Extra staffing has been put in place for the event, which is being organised by the BBC, Festival Republic and Middlesbrough Council.

Festival goers are being urged to organise their travel plans now, and book taxis and train tickets as soon as possible with the shuttle bus and park and ride tickets now sold out.

Travel information can be found on social media and the Middlesbrough Council website, alongside details of what people can and can’t take.

Superintendent Sharon Cooney said: “This event is hugely exciting and our officers and staff are looking forward to helping people get to and from the venue safely.

“Our teams are focused on their work, but I’m sure they will also enjoy the atmosphere that this huge music event brings.

“I would encourage people to make sure that they have read all the available information that is on the BBC Radio 1 site and the Middlesbrough Council site and follow our social media feeds.”

Cleveland Police will be issuing tweets using the hashtag #bigweekend.