Four charged with aggravated trespass at Silverstone circuit over the weekend
Police praise fans who in the main stayed away from the race as requested
The first weekend of this year’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix took place behind closed doors this weekend. Whilst the majority of fans stayed away from the area, officers from Northamptonshire Police did arrest four people at the circuit on Sunday. The individuals were charged with Aggravated Trespass and have all since been released on conditional bail.
Despite this, the vast majority of people complied with the request not to go to the circuit as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Superintendent Chris Hillery was the Event Commander through the weekend. He said, “Though this year’s F1 races are closed events they are still subject to the same level of meticulous planning and scrutiny.
“I want to thank all my officers and staff who have worked so hard over the weekend to ensure the first weekend of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix passed successfully.
“I also want to thank F1 fans who did the right thing and stayed away from the site to ensure the safety of event personnel, staff and the local community.
Specialist police assets were deployed across the race weekend including search teams, disruption officers, firearms officers, covert police officers and the Force’s ANPR unit.
Superintendent Hillery also paid tribute to the many partner agencies who worked alongside Northamptonshire Police over the weekend, adding, “We’ve worked very closely with Silverstone Circuit, colleagues from Thames Valley Police, EMAS and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. This is very much a multi-agency effort.”
This coming weekend sees a second weekend of racing with the Emirates Formula 1 70th anniversary Grand Prix.