Cosplay props and Security checks

Update re replica weapons

In the light of the current increased security level nationwide following the appalling events in Manchester, Tony and I, following conversations with Vijay our Cosplay manager and the NEC, have decided to issue the following guidance on props and replica weapons carried by Cosplayers.

UKGE’s directly invited cosplay groups whose presence has been organised by Vijay have, for the most part, voluntarily decided to limit the carrying of replica or fake firearms and other weapons. Those who wish to carry costume weapons for use as props should apply to Vijay for a special pass which they can show police or other security forces in the event of being stopped on entering the NEC. They should also restrict the display of these props to Hall 1 and should not carry them in the spaces between the Halls or outside the NEC.

The one permitted exception is authorised members of the Vikings at UKGE who carry replica swords etc.

All other cosplayers are requested not to bring replica or prop firearms at all. Recognisably Sci-Fi or fantasy items such as a light sabre and a sonic screwdriver are permitted but we ask you all to think carefully about any items you carry which might be confused or mistaken for a real weapon (firearm or blade) by the security forces or by the public. We also ask that you do not wear costume masks and helmets outside Hall1.

In all cases as we wish to avoid any misunderstanding and panic amongst the general public outside the UKGE Trade Hall so we ask that you carry these weapons in bags or cases so that they are kept out of sight until you reach the hall or, in the case of the Vikings, the vicinity of their encampment.

Additional measures and inspections of props may be required on arrival at the NEC and at the UKGE loctaions and we ask the cosplay community to cooperate with all this and take it in the spirit it intended: making UKGE safe and fun for all of us.

These measures are designed to reduce possible alarm as well as any delays that might be caused when the police find a replica weapon. 

Contact Vijay to discuss any queries on cosplay@ukgamesexpo.co.uk

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