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Police issue advice for safe events in Purbeck

Dorset Police is issuing traffic and crime prevention advice ahead of Swanage Regatta and Camp Bestival.

Swanage Regatta kicks off tomorrow, Saturday 27 July and runs until Sunday 4 August.

Popular annual music festival, Camp Bestival, once again takes place in the grounds of Lulworth Castle, from 1 to 4 August 2013.

Traffic disruption is anticipated in the area during the events.

Purbeck Neighbourhood Inspector, Fiona Gaffney, said: “It will be busy on Purbeck roads and I’d urge local residents to plan their journeys so as to avoid the worst of the congestion. We anticipate the busiest periods will be on Sunday 28 July and at the start and end of Camp Bestival – on Thursday 1 August and Monday 4 August.

“Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be out and about offering community reassurance in the lead up to, and during, both events.”

Police officers will also be present at Swanage Regatta and Camp Bestival, to support organisers in ensuring a safe and enjoyable time for all.

Inspector Fiona Gaffney continued: “We want visitors to have a good time but a safe time and would ask anyone attending the events to take steps to look after themselves and their belongings.

“Keep your valuables on you and don’t leave them in your car or tent. Don’t leave bags unattended and consider using the locker facilities provided at the site.

“If you are camping, pitch near friends and introduce yourself to those in neighbouring tents to help build a community and enhance security.

“Officers will be on site at both events and we urge you to report crime at the time, either to police or event staff.”

More festival and event crime prevention advice is available on the Dorset police website by following this link

Traffic information is available on the Dorset County Council Travel Dorset website at www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset

Issued: 26 July 2013