Published: Wednesday 1 September 2021

Policing Creamfields 2021 and ensuring people stayed safe was a top priority for Cheshire Constabulary, which worked closely with the event organisers again this year.

The event involved a significant policing operation both over the bank holiday weekend itself and during the planning phases where we worked closely with the organisers, and a whole host of other agencies, to try and make this as safe as possible, and limit any adverse impact on the local community.

This was made even more challenging with the impact of our emergence from the COVID pandemic.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said:

“Creamfields is one of the biggest events we host here in Cheshire, and although a small minority of people didn’t adhere to the rules, it was great to see the event ran well. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who were involved in policing the event. It’s nice to see more of normality returning as the UK continues to navigate through the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Superintendent Simon Parsonage, who led the policing operation for Creamfields 2021, said:

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the vast majority of festival goers for their cooperation and their behaviour on their return to enjoying a big music event and for all the agencies that worked together so well throughout.

“At its peak almost 70,000 people attended and considering the numbers attending its fair to say that crime and levels of disorder were low and people were in good spirits clearly revelling in the opportunity to enjoy events of this nature again after previous cancellations because of the pandemic.

“This year we had an increased presence with officers from Project Servator in attendance. This team’s aim was to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.”

Project Servator is a national operation that works with partner agencies, including other police forces, businesses and the public, to continue to protect people and to make it difficult for criminals and terrorists to operate.

Superintendent Parsonage added:

“We recognised that dance festivals of this nature tend to be associated with increased prevalence of drugs and by working with other agencies on the run up and during the weekend we have sought to address this and we had in place a clear amnesty policy following by targeted searches at all entrances.”

Throughout the whole five days a total of 29 arrests were made and a further 27 people will be dealt with through criminal justice processes at a later stage and were removed for site.  A total of 106  crimes were reported across a broad spectrum of offences most common being drug related.

A multi-agency debrief will be held in due course to review in more detail what went well and where improvements can be made for future events.