Friday, August 05, 2011

Security firm out of control at festival

Citizen Journalists leapt into action at this years Secret Garden Party when private security attacked a festival goer.

Male and female security attacking journalists and festival goers. Some trying to seize cameras and others tackling people to the ground.


A spokesperson for the Secret Garden Party
‘It has come to SGP’s attention via Social Media that a group of people are
distributing a video online which implies misconduct by our current security
company. As with any allegation of this type we will be investigating
further and liaising with the company and the police to see if there is any
substance to this, taking action accordingly. We take any accusations very
seriously indeed, as the welfare of all our Gardeners is paramount, and will
review the situation on evidence presented. We have invited this group to
meet and discuss their issues but have met with no response thus far’

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This isn't the only case of misconduct by this security firm at SGP. I attended and heard more stories like this. Some just stories l am sure. I witnessed 3 security guards force my friend onto the floor for asking why they were escorting his friend off site. He was then loaded into the back of a van. Restrained and strip searched with no police present. (they found nothing) They took his money off him and drove him off site leaving him in the middle of the Cambridge countryside without a coat at 5.30 in the morning. He doesn't know the area and it took him a good 3 hours to hitch back to site. He didn't report it because as he said " its their word against mine." Being physical as a private security firm is debatedly and circumstancially acceptable to a degree but strip searching at all let alone by force is undoubtedly a criminal act. They need to rethink their choice of security firm next year as the general consensus at the festival was that this sort of behaviour was relatively widespread and in contrast to the police who seemed to be appreciated in comparison. The security tainted an otherwise very peaceful festival.