Humberside

Thousands gather for Hull Freedom and rugby derby

Crowds at Freedom festival 2009
Image caption Hull's Freedom festival attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year

Thousands of people are 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 started on Friday and attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year.

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

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

Hull City Council have 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."

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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