- Whether any request for advice or guidance was made to police by the venue/organisers of the Stereophonics concert at Genting Arena on 1st March 2018, specifically linked to the severe weather/travel warnings;
- If any advice was requested, what advice was given concerning public safety and whether it was safe for the show to go ahead as planned, or whether postponement was appropriate;
- If no advice was requested, whether the police would normally be contacted for advice in circumstances where a large scale event was planned, with several thousand visitors travelling into the city centre, and the Met Office were advising not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
The show went ahead despite widespread red/amber/yellow weather warnings, with between 4000-6500 people missing, and there is an ongoing campaign for refunds. Genting Arena and the band have insisted that ‘relevant local authorities’ had advised them that conditions were safe enough to go ahead.
I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by West Midlands Police. In relation to questions 1 and 2 our Emergency Planning Department were not approached in relation to this matter. Regarding question 3 – West Midlands Police didn’t and wouldn’t give out any advice of this nature. Any advice of this nature would come from the Highways Agency and/or Local Authority.