Police issue safety advice ahead of Beyonce's Stadium of Light gig

Beyonce Knowles.
Beyonce Knowles.

Northumbria Police have issued safety advice as the North East gets ready to welcome singing superstar Beyonce next week.

Tuesday's concern at The Stadium of Light will kick off the UK leg of the global star's The Formation World Tour.

Regarded as one of the biggest female artists of all time, the event is likely to attract huge crowds.

To ensure the event runs smoothly and that any disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum, police have been working closely with Sunderland AFC and its partners.

Silver Commander for the event, Superintendent Sarah Pitt, said: "We're really pleased and proud to once again be supporting the summer concerts at the Stadium of Light. It's a a great opportunity for Sunderland to be seen as the great city we know it is.

"We want everyone going along to have a great time and have been working closely with Sunderland AFC and its partners to ensure the event runs smoothly, we also want to make sure that any disruption to our local communities is kept to an absolute minimum.

"So that everyone can enjoy the event we want to remind people of a few crime prevention and safety tips to help keep them safe."

General crime prevention and safety tips include:

- Anyone who sees a crime taking place, or has concerns about someone acting suspiciously or anything that seems out of the ordinary can either pass this to an officer on patrol or ring police on 101.

- Make a note of prearranged meeting points in case you become lost or lose someone, make sure you have the phone numbers of people you are with so you can contact them if you need to.

- Drink responsibly and look after yourself, make sure you have plans to get home.

- Keep your personal belongings – mobile phones, wallets etc – somewhere safe. Don’t leave bags open and make sure nothing valuable is left in a bag or pocket that someone can access without you knowing.

- If you are driving, make sure you have locked your vehicle before leaving it unattended and don’t leave anything valuable inside.

Police also want to remind people driving to the concert to leave plenty of time for their journey and be patient as the roads around the Stadium of Light are likely to be busy.

Supt Pitt added: "The roads around the Stadium of Light and the main routes in and out of Sunderland are likely to be busy on the day of the concert and I would ask those people driving to take a few moments to plan their route beforehand.

"We want to reiterate Sunderland City Council's reminder that taking public transport can avoid the stress of driving as you can’t park or pick up at the stadium as the surrounding roads will be closed for the event.

"Motor patrols officers will be on duty to assist in keeping traffic flowing throughout the main routes in the area."

Extra officers will be on patrol in the city to offer reassurance and help keep disruption to local residents to a minimum.

Supt Pitt said: "Officers will be on patrol in and around the city before during and after the concert, they are there primarily for our local residents and I would encourage anyone who does have any concerns to speak to an officer.

"Local residents play a crucial role in helping us, they know the area and know what seems right or what doesn't, if they see anything that they think is out of the ordinary or suspicious, or a crime taking place, then I would urge them to let us know."