Humberside

Thousands expected for Hull Freedom and rugby derby

Crowds at Freedom festival 2009
Image caption More than 100,000 people watched the acts at last year's Freedom festival

Thousands of people are expected in Hull this weekend for the city's music and arts festival and rugby derby.

Diana Vickers is among acts performing at the two-day Freedom festival, which starts on Friday and attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year.

Hull FC's match against Hull KR at the KC Stadium on Saturday will bring thousands more into the city centre.

Extra police will be on patrol, traffic management plans are in place and extra public transport has been arranged.

Hull City Council urged people to plan their journeys in advance and make use of the city's public transport and park and ride facilities.

Councillor John Robinson, portfolio holder for image and culture, said: "This weekend has everything to make it a fantastically successful time for the city from jaw-dropping street theatre to music comedy and live arts to a nail-biting rugby league derby.

"We hope people have a fantastic time but heed the advice and plan their journey to avoid disappointment.

"It worked really well last year as people mainly used public transport and the same level of planning has gone into this year with our partners to make sure we keep the city moving and that those who attend have a safe and enjoyable day."

Ch Insp Kai Adegbembo, of Humberside Police, said: "Police will be supporting security staff at the event to ensure the public can come and thoroughly enjoy their visit in a safe and pleasant environment.

"Police will deal with any behaviour that negatively affects the enjoyment of the event by the law abiding majority."

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