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Merseyside Police is extending a warm welcome to the many visitors heading to Liverpool this weekend, for the Liverpool International Music Festival (August 23-26) and is encouraging them to enjoy the events safely.

Merseyside Police has been working with Liverpool City Council and other partners including Merseytravel to carry out extensive planning with public safety as a priority.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt said: “We are hoping that this first Liverpool International Music Festival is a success for all those involved.

“We want people to have a safe and enjoyable time at the festival and for the events at the Pier Head and Sefton Park, to be memorable for all the right reasons. I would ask people attending the events to ensure they look after their property and particularly bags and mobile phone to ensure they are secure.

He added: “Merseyside Police officers will be on hand throughout the festival weekend to provide help, advice and reassurance to visitors and I would encourage anyone with an issue or concern to report it to an officer or to security staff around the site.”ALCOHOL ABUSE & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR    

The event organisers are committed to enforcing a policy of sensible drinking at all of the event sites.

Merseyside Police is warning that alcohol-related disorder will not be tolerated at any of the venues. The pubs and off licenses in the surrounding areas will also be monitored to ensure that people who are already drunk are not being served more alcohol.

Alcohol is known to contribute to problems of disorder and anti-social behaviour but also lowers people’s awareness levels, making them more likely to fall victim to crime. Drinking sensibly will help prevent you becoming a potential target for criminals.


One of the main threats at festivals such as this is petty crime, particularly pick pocketing. To help ensure you don’t fall victim remember the following:

•          Don’t bring unnecessary bags to the event

•          Don’t leave your property, including bags and mobile phones unattended and keep valuables close at all times

•          Keep wallets and purses out of sight

•          Report any suspicious or criminal activity to officers in and around the events




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