High-profile presence at Moto GP

The MotoGP / Moto GP / Motorbike Grand Prix race day at Silverstone Racetrack on the sunday. Gvs of fans, crowds, race action, pit girls etc'NEWS SLIDESHOW SPORT ETC

The MotoGP / Moto GP / Motorbike Grand Prix race day at Silverstone Racetrack on the sunday. Gvs of fans, crowds, race action, pit girls etc'NEWS SLIDESHOW SPORT ETC

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A high-profile police presence will be in place at the Moto GP weekend at Silverstone.

The three-day event, which attracts bike enthusiasts from all over the world, will take place from tomorrow (Friday, June 15) to Sunday, June 17.

There will be a high-profile police presence at the event, with both uniformed Police Community Support Officers and a plain-clothes crime team patrolling round the clock.

Planning for the event has centred on ensuring that visitors have a safe and stay in the county, while minimising the disruption to local residents.

Event commander, Superintendent Sean Bell, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming so many visitors to the county and ensuring they have a safe and enjoyable time with us.

“We have hosted the Moto GP for a number of years now and it has established itself as a fun event with few incidents to deal with and I hope that continues this year.

“We work hard to maintain the trust and confidence of our communities and it is especially important when policing an event such as this that we do not forget the concerns of our local residents.

“Anybody with any concerns during or after the event should contact us by email, the switchboard, or via their local Safer Community Team.

“Sadly, where you have any large gathering, there will be a minority of people intent on committing crime.

“To combat this we have a dedicated plain-clothes operation to detect and prevent serious acquisitive crime, particularly around vehicles and motor cycles.

“I would urge visitors, especially those camping, to heed the crime prevention advice that we give and to make sure they keep their wits about them and know the whereabouts of their valuables at all times.

”If you spot any suspicious activity, ring us or alert a police officer or steward straight away.”

Officers are also urgign people to drink safely and responsibly at the event and ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicle.

Campers are also urged not to leave any valuables in their tens, and visitors are asked to be aware of vehicles while walking on country lanes around Silverstone over the weekend.