THE organisers of Creamfields have promised ‘decisive action’ and measures to combat trespassing.

The popular music festival, which attracts tens of thousands of revellers, returns to Daresbury this August bank holiday weekend.

Security say they will be taking decisive action to address the issue of trespassers infiltrating the festival site after the show has finished.

Each year, following the conclusion of the festival, individuals, including families with children, trespass onto the site while it is still undergoing dismantling.

This causes serious issues and poses significant risks to themselves, festival staff and residents, organisers say.

Following an increase in recent years, Creamfields will enforce a zero tolerance approach this year, implementing a comprehensive strategy with Cheshire Police and the council, to deter trespassing and ensure the safety of all involved.

The new measures, including strategically placed security staff on site borders, aim to safeguard both the festival site and the surrounding community.

Moreover, 24-hour CCTV is to be extended for additional days and ANPR recognition will monitor vehicles around the festival site, with fines issued to those blocking access roads and gates.

Police will swiftly enforce trespassing laws and address any security breaches, while engagement and education events will take place in the community.

Individuals seeking access to the festival site for legitimate purposes, such as recycling leftover equipment, are required to follow a formal application process.

Upon approval, they will receive a comprehensive health and safety induction to ensure their safety and well-being whilst on-site.

A new sustainability initiative will also be launched to create better festivalgoer awareness about the impact leaving their tents has on the environment.

A Creamfields spokesman said "We take the safety and well-being of our attendees, staff and residents very seriously, and what appears to be harmless can have serious consequences. 

“The influx of trespassers onto the festival site after its closure not only disrupts the festival operation at a critical time in what is a hazardous zone, but also poses a danger to themselves and to those still working at the event.

“This year, we are committed to preventing such incidents through a robust plan in partnership with the police and local authority.

“The festival remains committed to prioritising safety and security at the event and by working together with relevant agencies and the local community aims to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”

Superintendent Sarah Heath said: “Cheshire Police is supporting Creamfields with its plans to deter trespassing and keep people safe once the festival comes to an end.

“There will be an increased police presence working in collaboration with Creamfields’ security, who will be enforcing trespassing laws and swiftly addressing any breaches of security.

“Officers will also be in and around the community, speaking to people about the dangers of trespassing after the event has finished.

“We will not accept any criminal behaviour which poses a risk to event attendees, staff or the wider community during or after the event.

“We will be working hard alongside Creamfields to make sure everyone can enjoy the festival safely and respectfully.”