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Added: Thursday 12 July 2012
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A CHALLENGING weekend at Silverstone thankfully did not extend to a crime spree at the British Grand Prix.
With more than 250,000 at the weekend event, the number of crimes over the three days of the meeting amounted to just 30.
The vast majority, 24 in total, related to thefts from campsites – three violent crimes were recorded, one criminal damage, one drugs offence and one theft of a motor vehicle.
The good news on the low number of crimes and significant incidents was a boost to event commander Superintendent Sean Bell, whose efforts had been concentrated in supporting Silverstone Circuits with their traffic plan.
He said: “The key to a successful event, especially one as huge as the Grand Prix, is the organisation and teamwork displayed by police and partners over several months, not just the three days of the event.
“The prevention and detection of crime is a key policing element and one which requires good partnership working with Silverstone and the event management team and their stewards and marshals.
“The Silverstone crowd are always overwhelmingly supportive, good-natured and enthusiastic and we want them to return year after year to an event where they feel safe and looked after.
“We were determined that a very tiny minority, who come to the event to commit crime, wouldn’t spoil the event for the rest who love their motorsport.”
From more than 100 crimes recorded during the event in 2009, the Grand Prix has seen successive reductions in crime each year.