Police Grand Prix security operation ready to go


A “ring of steel” security operation will be in force

Its just two weeks until the British Grand Prix with an estimated 480,000 people expected to descend on Silverstone.   The four-day event runs from July 4-7 and a record-breaking crowd is expected to watch Sunday’s main race.

Planning the security operation around the event starting pretty much as soon as last year’s Grand Prix finished.

Northamptonshire Police say the security measures they are putting in place will include “ring of steel” Automatic Number Plate System and Life Facial Recognition technology.

For those heading to the circuit, or driving in the area, allow plenty of time for the journey and be aware of road signs and diversions.   Personal property shouldn’t be left on display in a vehicle and for those who can’t live without their smart phone, tablet, or laptop make sure it is protected.

As well as the motor racing, this year’s event will also include concerts by Stormzy and the Kings of Leon.   Silverstone will also have large screens on site showing coverage of the Euros, including a potential England quarter-final.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tompkins, the event commander for Northamptonshire Police again, said: “Working closely with the event organisers, other emergency services and partner agencies, we will be in and around the circuit, the campsites and local area throughout the event to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe as possible British Grand Prix.

“A large number of officers, across the full breadth of our resources from armed response, roads policing, detectives and search teams (including dogs), will support our uniformed officers and staff, specials and volunteers at the event. Crime levels were low last year and if people commit a crime there is a high likelihood they will get caught.

“We would ask everyone to check out our safety advice and crime prevention tips before setting off to help ensure everyone leaves the venue having had a crime-free, safe, and enjoyable experience.

“More importantly, if you spot something which does not feel right, trust your gut instinct, and report it to us, or a member of the Silverstone team, straightaway. We would rather it be nothing than you have not told us at all.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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