A TECHNO music festival planned for fields near Wimborne has sparked protests from Dorset Police.

Officers have raised concerns about the organisation of Sikuta Festival, as well at the risks of problems caused by the 450 people expected to attend on September 21.

The event was planned for a farm at the Lake Gates Roundabout where Julians Road joins the A31. However, it is understood no formal permission has been given for the event.

An application to Dorset Council for a temporary event notice asks for the sale of alcohol and food until 2am, although says that music will stop at midnight.

Organisers of the Sikuta Festival say the event will feature house, techno, bassline and drum and bass music. The website for the event shows all tickets, which are priced between £9 and £22, as being sold out.

Dorset Police say they are worried that the application has been made within three weeks of the event taking place and claim that this is the first event of its type the organiser has put on.

Their concerns include security, the age profile of the audience, first aid provision, adequate toilets, what might happen in the event of bad weather and who will be running the bar, as well as noise disturbance to residents.

A Dorset Council licensing committee will meet on Monday in Dorchester to decide on the police objection.

The application for the temporary event notice has been made in the name of Dorchester-born Danielle Case from Iford Lane in Bournemouth.

In her response to the objection she has told the council that a licensed security team has been arranged along with 10 portable toilets, that only a small number of people will be camping on the site, no alcohol will be allowed to be brought onto the site and bar staff will ID check every time a drink is bought.

She has also provided details of waste management and the food outlet and says that music will finish at midnight with the stage facing the main road, reducing noise to nearby houses.