Don’t call police to find out where the torch is

The Olympic Torch
The Olympic Torch

Northamptonshire police are urging the public not to call the force for information about the Olympic torch relay.

The torch is coming to the county on Monday, July 2, and the force fears people might call its non-emergency 101 number ofr details about the route.

The torch entered the East Midlands a couple of days ago and Lincolnshire Police experienced a high number of callers ringing in to them asking for information about where the torch was going.

Northamptonshire’s councils are responsible for issuing information about the route and events, road closures and parking restrictions.

Force Control Room Chief Inspector Tom Thompson said: “We understand that a lot of people in Northamptonshire want to go out and see the Olympic Torch Relay and may require more information about where to go, at what time, what roads are closed and where should they park.

“This information, as appropriate, is available from our local authorities and they have lots of information about the Torch Relay on their respective websites.

“The Force website has a news release about the Olympic Torch that links through to the relevant websites.

“Our switchboard will have an automated message on Monday signposting Torch Relay callers in the right direction for the information they require.

“But please do not ring us about the torch relay as every one of these calls will delay operators in addressing non-emergency callers who have information to report to us.”

The force will have officers with the torch convoy and along the route as it travels from Coventry and enters the county before passing through Northampton, Wellingborough, Isham, Kettering, Geddington, Corby and Dingley en route to Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

Operational officers will also be in the background to provide support should any police incidents occur in the vicinity of the torch relay.

You can follow the progress of the torch in Northamptonshire by visiting the Telegraph website at www.northantstelegraph.co.uk or on Twitter at @ntnewseditor

We will be tweeting our torch relay updates using the hash tag #northantstorch