Festival Republic to host festival crime conference

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Festival Republic is to host a free to attend Crime at Major UK Music Festivals conference on February 22. The conference will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. Festival Republic will cover the costs of the conference and is inviting organisers to attend the event free of charge and share intelligence.

The aim of the conference is to review the crime encountered during the 2011 festival season, the actions taken and outcomes and to look forward to improvements and continued intelligence and tactic sharing for the 2012 season.

The conference is designed to provide a forum to share operational expertise and experience in order to work together to combat organised and strategic crime at music festivals. To that end Festival Republic is once again inviting key UK festival promoters who run large scale, professional festivals, their security companies and relevant planning, intelligence and operational officers from those local police forces to contribute.

The conference will be chaired by Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic and Chief Superintendent Andy Battle, West Yorkshire Police.

The speakers confirmed and topics to be covered include:

  • Detective Constable Mark Smith, Metropolitan Police on Operation Podium, the Metropolitan Police’s response to serious and organised crime at the Olympics.
  • Deborah Charles, senior trading standards officer, Milton Keynes Trading Standards, on the work of trading standards fighting counterfeiters at music events.
  • Live Nation’s Paul Cook and Showsec’s Simon Battersby on security at Download Festival.
  • Police Sergeant Gary Tupling, Leicestershire Police, on covert tactics and organised crime groups.
  • Detective Constable Kevin Walker and Detective Constable Phil Lilley, Leicestershire Police, on the recent prosecution of a major counterfeiter.
  • Mark Yovich, president, Ticketmaster International, on Ticketing and the Onsale Crush.
  • Lynden Manning, fraud and special investigations manager, Barclaycard on combating ticket fraud.