Carnival season security warning

ORGANISERS of carts being prepared for this year’s carnival season in Somerset are being warned to ensure their headquarters and work areas are secure.

It follows a break-in to secure premises of a Bridgwater-based carnival club between August 21 and 22.

PC Samantha Legg said: ‘This club had taken security seriously and set up their operation in a location away from prying eyes.

‘Despite taking a number of security precautions to protect themselves, opportunist burglars seized the opportunity to force entry and take items from the site and cause unnecessary damage, which not only takes time but also money to repair.

‘With activity building for the forthcoming carnival season and clubs increasing the amount of work on their carts, we would encourage them to review their security, especially as many club members bring their own tools and equipment to work on their carts. Cabling, lighting and generators are kept in the storage areas.

‘We can provide guidance and advice, to help them beef up their security provision.

‘However we would also urge the clubs to try to maintain a round-the-clock watch on their bases in order to prevent a repetition of the Bridgwater club break-in,’ said PC Legg.

The Somerset Carnival season runs between November 4 to 18.

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