This email contains important information in relation to the policing of the Creamfields music festival, which takes place from Thursday 26 August to Sunday 29 August 2021.
Throughout the weekend, Cheshire police will be here for you with a dedicated team of community officers addressing specific concerns of residents and dealing with any community policing issues arising directly from the event.
Over the weekend it will be ‘business as usual’ within the local policing areas of Warrington and Runcorn, so the dedicated team of community officers is above and beyond the normal service that residents would receive.
We have not been able to hold a community focus group, as in previous years, due to the COVID pandemic, however the local policing units have been engaging where possible with the local residents, and any feedback received has been considered to help shape our policing approach at this event.
Our main priorities are to ensure the safety of festival goers and to minimise disruption for residents during the event.
As with any large-scale event, we anticipate some level of disruption for residents, particularly on roads in the local area. However, we want to reassure residents that we will be doing all we can to minimise any impact.
We will take positive action regarding crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour and we will work alongside other agencies to resolve any traffic or noise issues.
A phone line will again be set up by the event organisers and residents who have any concerns arising directly from the event (noise, litter, traffic issues etc) can call the number.
Details of the residents’ phone line and other key contact information can be found below.
Residents can rest assured that we will take robust action against anyone who is found to be breaking the law or causing a nuisance in the local community.
Ticket holders are being urged to be mindful of the fact that the site lies in a residential area and to be respectful towards neighbouring properties as they enter and leave the site.
Alcohol Free Zones
Festival goers are also being reminded that the area around the site is an ‘Alcohol Free Zone’ and this means that the drinking of alcohol in the street outside the event will not be tolerated.
Police will take positive action against anyone found to be breaking the rules.
Alcohol will be confiscated and appropriate action will be taken.
This will not be tolerated. Officers will be utilising powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to deal with anyone causing a nuisance to the local community.
Through dispersal powers, officers can issue an individual or group with a direction to immediately leave a particular area for a period of up to 48 hours. Failure to comply with this will lead to arrest and possibly a prison sentence.
This year’s event opens on Thursday 26 August and the majority of festival goers are likely to be heading for the site throughout Thursday and leaving on Monday morning.
These are the times when residents can expect some congestion on local roads.
This year sees the return of South Gate 2 (Formally known as the VIP entrance gate) located on Daresbury Lane, which could result in an increase in traffic around this area.
A detailed traffic management plan has been produced by the organisers of the event in consultation with Cheshire police to deal with the increased traffic over the weekend.
Festival goers will be advised to use junction 11 or 12 of the M56 and to follow the signs, which will be clearly marked along the route, to the site.
They will also be advised not to use their sat navs and to stick to the official route.
After the event, we will again be seeking feedback from local residents in relation to the policing of the event and we would welcome any views that you might have.
There will be a community debrief between the police, organisers and community leaders after the event.
Key Contact Information
For any issues arising over the weekend of the event (such as noise, litter, traffic etc) please
contact the Creamfields Residents’ Line: 0208 396 7751 or via email:
This is being staffed by the organisers of the event in the build-up and throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.
Monday 9th to Wednesday 25th August, 8am – 8pm.
The line will be operational 24 hours from Thursday 26th until 8pm on Monday 30th August.
The line will open 8am – 8pm on Tuesday 31st August and Wednesday 1st September.
For any policing issues that arise directly from the event please report online at www.cheshire.police.uk or call 101 (the police non emergency number) and inform the operator that it is a creamfields related issue.
In an emergency always dial 999.
Anyone with any information about crime can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
We are recruiting for paid on-call firefighters at the following fire stations: Alsager, Audlem, Birchwood, Bollington, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Macclesfield, Malpas, Northwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Stockton Heath and Tarporley Fire Stations.
We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals with common sense, the ability to work as part of a team and able to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. Qualifications aren’t necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight.
Potential recruits also need to be able to reach their local fire station within five minutes of home or work and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. The role attracts an average income in the region of £5000 a year.
As a member of Cheshire Police alert I am writing to you to make you aware of the benefits of Neighbourhood watch.
Neighbourhood watch is a national charity that supports and enables individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe, which increases wellbeing and reduces crime and the fear of crime.
Our ward based PCSO’s and PC’s support the schemes within their areas with regular crime updates and crime prevention advice.
Across Runcorn we already have a small number of NHW schemes in place but we would really like to see more residents get involved.
During the pandemic we have seen incredible community sprit within Runcorn where local people have really looked out for one another though such unprecedented and difficult times.
As we are now hopefully on the downwards slope towards coming out of restrictions it would be fantastic to see that community spirit transferred into brilliant schemes like neighbourhood watch.
It’s completely free to set up a scheme as a coordinator and it can be done via the Cheshire Police Alert site or by visiting www.ourwatch.org.uk alternatively there may be an existing scheme in your area you are not aware of, you can search for local schemes on the Our Watch website.
If you would like more information regarding neighbourhood watch you can contact your local PCSO via their social media channels or myself or
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Paul Barker (Cheshire Police, Runcorn LPU, Halton Brook PCSO)
We pleased to announce our February OUR NEWS newsletter is attached or can be read by clicking on this link. This monthly newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales), is for all supporters of Neighbourhood Watch, from households to volunteers, such as scheme Coordinators or Association Leads.
This month we have a look at how to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam and how to spot a romance scam. We introduce to you our new rural crime section on our website and our new #DrugsKnowMore campaign – a campaign soon to be launched designed by young people for young people.
In partnership with Co-op Insurance we remind you of the fantastic opportunity available for children to engage with Neighbourhood Watch by designing a treehouse to be built for their community. We also invite Coordinators to attend upcoming workshops, and ask everyone to save the date of 5th – 11th June for Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021.
With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to .
PCC Approves Police Budget To Improve Policing Across Cheshire
A budget which will allow Cheshire Police to continue to deliver a truly local community police service has been approved by police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane.
It follows a public consultation on policing priorities and funding in which 68 per cent of the 2,282 respondents said they would be willing to support a rise in the policing precept to help Cheshire Police invest in community policing and tackle serious and complex crime.
The commissioner has given his approval to the 2021/22 budget which will see increased investment in areas that Cheshire residents said were a priority for them in the consultation.
It is proposed that the policing precept – the element of council tax that pays for policing – will rise by £1.25 per month for the average Band D property (over 12 months) to help fund this year’s budget.
As well as allowing Cheshire Constabulary to enhance its community policing model, which sees a dedicated PC and PCSO for every area in Cheshire, the budget for 2021/22 will also allow:
The recruitment of an additional 88 police officers
Investment to bolster the recording and investigation of crimes, including serious and organized crime
Significant investment to tackle death and serious injuries on our roads, to support plans for further average-speed schemes on Cheshire’s most dangerous roads
Further investment in the Force Control Centre to bolster the service for callers to 999 and 101
Funding for the recently-developed Stalking and domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Team
PCC David Keane said: “I’m confident that this budget will allow us to continue to deliver a truly local police service which protects Cheshire residents and builds on the foundations that we have laid so far.
“I thank all those residents who responded to the survey or attended our online events to share their views.
“When the government announced its provisional funding settlement for Cheshire late last year, the chief constable advised me that, without a precept increase, Cheshire Police would be unable to maintain its existing level of service and would be unable to meet the additional operational demands and pressures that we face.
“In reaching my decision regarding the precept, I have carefully considered the views of the public, any government announcements, and the recommendations made to me by the chief constable.
“It is important to note that policing is still recovering from years of cuts and the demands we face continue to grow, both in volume and complexity. With the support of the public, however, we have been able to invest in our front line and I believe this budget will provide the chief constable with the resources needed to make our communities safer.”
The policing priorities consultation also provided Cheshire residents with the opportunity to state their policing priorities. Increased police visibility was the top priority, followed by dealing with serious and organised crime and then dealing with anti-social behaviour.
The consultation also asked respondents how safe they feel in their area, using a sliding scale from 1-10 with 10 being very safe and 1 very unsafe. 78 per cent of respondents rated how safe they feel in their area as ‘7’ or above.
Chief constable Darren Martland added: “I welcome the budget, which is necessary to develop and enhance our community policing model.
“It enables dedicated PCSOs and police officers to continue to work with communities to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and make our roads safer.
“The increase will also ensure that Cheshire Constabulary has the resources that are critical to tackle some of the complex challenges of serious and organised crime and provide the necessary technology to investigate online crime and abuse.
“We will prioritise the protection of vulnerable people and put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do and working with our partners and communities, will make Cheshire even safer.”
The Commissioner has written to the Police and Crime Panel to set out the precept increase and his budget ahead of its meeting next week where it will be discussed.
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