Cootamundra LAC Police say rumours of a terrorist threat for the 2017 National Cherry Festival are “nonsense” and people should enjoy the weekend without fear.
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The Young Witness has fielded calls from locals who have expressed concern about attending this weekend’s festival.
Detective Inspector Scott Wilkinson said Police have taken inquiries from the public seriously but have received no credible terrorist threats.
“At this time NSW Police have received no credible threat in relation to any terrorist activity associated with the 2017 National Cherry Festival taking place in Young this weekend,” he said.
“There is no terrorist threat and absolutely nothing to do with bombs or anything like that.
“We have undertaken extensive risk assessment and planning in conjunction with the Hilltops Council and we have implemented a number of measures to ensure public safety.
“We have a heightened Police presence which is associated with normal policing duties that the public would expect at an event like this.”
Detective Inspector Wilkinson said people should feel comfortable and able to come and enjoy the festival.
“All we are asking is that people follow the normal rules and act accordingly as far as responsible behaviour in public places is concerned,” he said.
“We would ask people to be responsible in their consumption of alcohol and be mindful that all anybody wants to do is have a good time and enjoy the festival.”
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