Police arrest 16 at Creamfields South festival for sexual assault, robbery and drugs

Police arrest 16 people at Creamfields South festival on suspicion of a range of offenses including ‘sexual assault, theft, assault and breaches of public order’

  • 16 people at the Creamfields South festival have been arrested for a series of offenses
  • These include alleged sexual assaults, robberies, assaults and violations of public order
  • Force said drugs were his main target during his operation near Chelmsford

A total of 16 people have been arrested by police for a series of offenses at the Creamfields South festival.

The dance event on the grounds of Hyland Park in Chelmsford was allegedly host to drugs, robberies, public order law breaches, sexual assaults and assaults during the camping festival two days.

Essex Police added that drugs were their main target during the operation and added that most people had been “well behaved” during the festival.

The 50,000-capacity Creamfields South camping festival, which attracted dance music heavyweights, ran from Thursday to Saturday.

A total of 16 people have been arrested by police for a series of offenses at the Creamfields South festival. Pictured: A stock image of Creamfields

Superintendent Nick Morris said: “Our policing for the festival has been a success this year with only a small number of crimes reported to us.

“These were mostly drug offences, with the majority of people well behaved, in good spirits and enjoying the performances presented.

“I want to thank my officers and staff for their dedication to hard work to help make our policing plans a success. I would also like to congratulate our partners and Festival Republic for their contribution to the security of this festival.

As the festival approaches, Essex Police say they have worked closely with organisers, Festival Republic and Chelmsford City Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, UK Police transport and the East of England Ambulance Service to mitigate any crime.

Essex Police said the arrests were related to drugs, theft, breaches of the Public Order Act, sexual assault and assault at the major electronic music festival in Hylands Park.  Pictured: Hylands House

Essex Police said the arrests were related to drugs, theft, breaches of the Public Order Act, sexual assault and assault at the major electronic music festival in Hylands Park. Pictured: Hylands House

Their policing plans included intelligence checks to disrupt drug activity and disorder, highway policing operations to tackle drunk driving and outside officers to respond to any behavior antisocial or wellness problem.

Festival Republic was responsible for the safety and security of the festival.

But Essex Police also had a small center in the venue to allow officers to detain offenders so they did not have to take them to a custody suite.

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Jan G. Gilbert