Policing operation well underway for F1 British Grand Prix
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Policing preparations are well underway for one of the country’s largest sporting events – the 2021 F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit.
This year, the event will take place on the weekend of 16–18 July and Northamptonshire Police is once again closely involved in the planning process to ensure racegoers have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Last year’s race was held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with fans asked not to come to the circuit but to watch the event from home. This year, Northamptonshire Police has been planning for a normal, 2019-style event, and will continue to do so as per the latest announcement.
Superintendent Tom Thompson, the event commander for Northamptonshire Police, said: “Though the latest government announcement has pushed back the end of the Covid-19 lockdown to July 19, we continue to plan for a normal, full-scale event which will ensure the hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend across the weekend are kept safe and anyone looking to commit a crime doesn’t succeed.”
The race in 2019 saw over 300,000 people enjoying a safe weekend with an extremely wide-ranging policing operation. As well as uniformed and covert officers patrolling the circuit, the campsites and the surrounding road network, specialist officers were also in attendance including search teams, armed officers, disruption officers and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) units.
Superintendent Tom Thompson, added: “The policing operation kicked off months ago and we have a large number of police officers, PCSOs, police staff, specials and volunteers all down to be on duty throughout the weekend as well as specialist assets including covert officers, armed officers and dogs.
“We are very experienced in the policing of this event having done so over a number of years but let me make this clear - this doesn’t make us complacent. The security measures we are putting in place will be as stringent as ever and anyone thinking of taking advantage of the race weekend to commit a crime will be caught.
“For security reasons, people entering the circuit will again be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person. This will make entering the venue slower than in previous years but security is paramount and event-goers are asked to be patient.
“The public can also help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything which looks out of place or suspicious and reporting it to us. We would rather receive a well-meaning report that turns out to be nothing as opposed to not being told at all.”
Over the next few weeks, you can stay up-to-date by following @NorthantsPolice on Twitter or by ‘liking’ Northamptonshire Police on Facebook. There is also a section on the Northamptonshire Police website dedicated to the event in the run-up where you will be able to see up-to-date information and advice. For more information, visit Policing events at Silverstone | Northamptonshire Police (northants.police.uk)
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