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2016 Glastonbury Music Festival Policing Plan


1) A copy of the policing plan for the Glastonbury Music Festival which was held between 22-26 June 2016 excluding any information that you class as confidential and or personal.

2) The name and rank of police officer that was in charge of policing this event

3) The number of persons arrested at this music festival with a breakdown of offence per day in which the festival was ongoing eg Wednesday 22 June 3 Persons were arrested for having drugs for sale and supply etc; Of the number of persons arrested, the number that were charged; the number that were released with no further police action; the number that were charged and subsequent released on bail and to return at a later date

4) The amount that Avon and Somerset Constabulary will charge the event Promoter for the policing of this event



1. Please find a copy of the poling plan for Glastonbury Festival attached. Some redactions have been made concerning personal details of individuals who would not have an expectation that their information would become public.  The exemption applicable to the information is Section 40 (2), third party personal information, this is an Absolute exemption. Any information to which a request relates is exempt if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject and if disclosure of that information to a member of the public would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act. In this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

In addition some entries have been redacted as it relates to information concerning law enforcement (section 31 (1) (a)(b)(c)).  Section 31 is a qualified and prejudice based exemption which means there is a requirement to identify and evidence the harm that would be caused by disclosure and consideration given to the public interest.


There are concerns associated with the release of this specific information as law enforcement could be adversely affected, impacting on our ability to prevent or detect crime. Specific locations or persons could be targeted as a result of the release of this information, which could ultimately lead to pubic unrest. Operational information concerning officer and resource deployment, intelligence gathering and emergency response plans would be highly valuable to members of the less law abiding fraternity and enable them to not only avoid detection but would greatly hinder our ability to police efficiently and ensure the safety of the general public.

Public Interest Test

Factors favouring disclosure

Glastonbury Festival is a high profile event. Disclosure of this information would contribute to the accuracy and quality of public debate. In addition disclosure would demonstrate that the Constabulary is effective and transparent in our decision making.

Factors favouring non-disclosure

Information will not be disclosed where the current or future law enforcement capabilities of the force could be compromised by the release of that information, i.e. where the prevention/detection of crime, the apprehension/prosecution of offenders or the administration of justice may be hindered as a result of the release of that information.

The document contains a vast quantity of sensitive tactical information which may cause considerable harm to policing if disclosed.  Many policing tactics utilised by the Police today, have been in use for an undetermined length of time due to their proven ability to assist in the prevention and detection of crime.  To disclose police tactics would render these methods less effective ultimately undermining policing and resulting in new tactics needing to be developed and employed which may take a considerable amount of time. An increase in crime would be the definitive result. 

Disclosure of this information could seriously hamper the prevention or detection of crime as it would reveal to the criminal fraternity information which could be used to their advantage. Furthermore, by identifying the constabulary’s capability and any vulnerability to the criminal community would enable them to be more effective in carrying out criminal activities at future events.

Release of this information could potentially cause harm to individuals, including officers and members of the public and if there is a risk that the future law enforcement role of the force could be compromised and the publics' safety put at risk, it cannot be justified that the publics' interest would be served in releasing this specific information if either of these aspects were to be compromised in any way.

Balance test

When balancing the public interest test we have to consider whether the information should be released into the public domain.  Arguments need to be weighed against each other. 

The benefits of public debate are recognised, however the comparative arguments in favour of non-disclosure, which in this case is our ability to prevent and detect crime, by far out way these.  The Police service will not disclose information which will undermine law enforcement thereby assisting those intent on committing crime.  On balance therefore the decision is that those parts of the policing plan deemed sensitive will not be disclosed.  This represents a refusal notice for this part of your request

2. This information is available in the attached policing plan.

3. The information requested has been provided in the attachment – FOI 856-16 Q3.

4. The costs are calculated using the ACPO Guidance on Charging for Police Services. The total costs have not yet been calculated however the constabulary will recover all the money from the organisers that we are legally entitled to.


FOI reference: 856/16.

Date of request: 27.06.16.


Related documents

  • PDF icon Glastonbury 2016 Policing Plan
    Last updated: 16 September 2016
  • PDF icon Q3 Information
    Last updated: 16 September 2016