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Eastern Electrics - Festivatl Road Closures
Police are advising motorists of possible delays and some road closures for the Eastern Electrics festival at Hatfield House today (Saturday August 1st).
Thousands of people are due today, and police say whilst every effort has been made to minimise disruption to local people, the roads in the area around Hatfield House could become congested, in particular between 10am and 12 noon... and then again from 9pm for a few hours.
A closure of the A1000 at the junctions with French Horn Lane and the B6426 will be in place southbound between 10am and midnight and between approximately 9am and midnight northbound.
Manned residents access only closures will be in place between 10am and midnight at the following locations: The Ryde, Lodge Drive, Mount Pleasant Lane, Old Hertford Road, The Broadway and Church Lane.
Entrances and parking
All vehicles will be signed into the site via the A414 Saw Mils entrance where there will be an internal one way system to the car park, taxi and drop off areas. Exit will be via Georges Gate onto the A1000 roundabout with B197 French Horn Lane.
Please note that trains are likely to be particularly busy from 9pm onwards.
Safety and Crime Advice
Before you arrive
The best advice is to leave valuables at home if you can. If you are bringing expensive items such as phones and cameras to the festival, take a bit of time to register any property at www.immobilise.com before the event. Therefore, if property is stolen and subsequently recovered by police, it can be returned to you.
At the festival
- Where possible, do not leave any valuables in your vehicles
- If you do have to leave items in your vehicle make sure they are hidden from view before you arrive
- Open your glove compartment to show that there is nothing of value left in the vehicle
- If you have a removable Sat Nav, make sure you move it out of sight and get remove all suction marks on the windscreen
- Make sure your vehicle is locked and secured.
- Don't show off what valuables you do have with you - it could make you a target for criminals. Put money, tickets, credit cards and mobile phones in a zipped pocket, use a money belt or store valuables in the lockers on site
- If you've lost or found property please report to security
- In the event of an incident, follow instructions from security and police
- We do not want people's lives to be ruined by the dangers of drugs. Officers will work closely with organisers to intercept illegal and harmful substances
- So-called 'legal highs' are banned at the event. Anyone found with legal highs will be refused entry to the festival
- Surrender bins will be situated by the entrance for people to discard items before entry
- Know your limits and drink responsibly. Stop when you know you have had enough
- You can still enjoy alcohol but it is important to drink responsibly and stay safe. You can still have a great time if you alternate drinks with soft drinks or low alcohol ones. Drink more slowly and consume alcohol with food
- Make sure you and your friends all look after one another and get home safely
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