POLICE have issued some information for people intending to travel to this weekend’s MTV event in Derry.
Thousands of tickets for the event at Ebrington Square on Saturday (15th) have already been sold.
Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan, the Derry City Area Commander, said the safety of all attending or travelling to or from the event was a priority.
He added: “We have met with Derry City Council and the event organisers to share in the planning process. I am confident that in the spirit of the cooperation that developed over the City of Culture and the Radio One ‘Big Weekend’, we will have another successful, and safe, event for this city.”
Ticketing and access to the Ebrington site, as well as public safety within it, will be directed by the city council and MTV.
Chief Inspector Callaghan added: “Police do have a role in aspects such as ensuring the licensing laws are complied with and that any attempts to sell or use illegal drugs will be controlled.
“Among the resources available to me will be two passive drugs dogs that will be used to detect any illegal drugs that are taken onto the site.
“It is important for people to realise they will not be admitted to the site if they are under the influence of alcohol, and it is a condition of access that people agree to personal searches.”
Police expect many people will use the Peace Bridge to access the event. The other major access point will be St Columb’s Road.
Browning Drive will be closed to all except residents and accredited concert vehicles.
Through traffic on Limavady Road should proceed with caution, and police are advising that between 10.30pm and 11.30pm motorists should seek alternative routes via the new Foyle Bridge or Crescent Link.
Chief Inspector Callaghan added: “Our experience of the big cultural and musical events of the past few years has been that they have passed off peacefully and safely. My aim is to help ensure that this event is just as safe and peaceful.”
Crowds are expected to start making their way to Ebrington from about 4pm. Event—goers are reminded that for safety reasons, the number of people allowed onto the Peace Bridge at any one time will be controlled and they may be asked to wait.
Please also note the Peace Bridge will close to ‘normal’ crossings at 1pm.
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