V Festival security goes Orwellian
08 August 2005
If you've ever had a run-in with the Staffordshire police, and are planning to attend V Festival at Weston
Park Staffs, you'd better keep a low profile! Police at V's Northern leg will be using a scary high tech intelligence
database linked to CCTV cameras to scan the site and return facial matches of known troublemakers.
Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector Jon Drake told VF: "This year's Staffordshire V Festival will be the biggest yet, with over 70,000 people set to attend. The safety of V Festival fans is of utmost importance to us. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated. A small minority of offenders will not be allowed to spoil the weekend for the tens of thousands of law-abiding music fans."
Bad news, no doubt, for hubcap thieves from Dudley but surely a reassuring message to anyone concerned about terrorism, with V marking the first major UK festivals since the recent London attacks.
This year's (sold-out) V Festivals, featuring Oasis, Scissor Sisters, The Prodigy and Maroon 5 among many others, will host over 130,000 people at the twin sites of Chelmsford and Staffordshire on August 20-21. Click the links below for more info.