13 crimes recorded over three days of Moto GP at Silverstone

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Police say the Moto GP at Silverstone at the weekend ran without any major problems, with officers recording 13 crimes.

A total of 146,000 spectators - approximately 66,000 people on Sunday, 50,000 on Saturday and 30,000 on Friday - enjoyed motor sport and entertainment at the circuit.

Of the 13 crimes reported over the three days, one was domestic related, one involved a public order offence and 11 related to thefts from tents.

A small fire was identified involving an item of machinery on Saturday, but this was not suspicious and was dealt with by the county’s Fire and Rescue Service.

The number of crimes compares to 14 crimes recorded at the event last year and 33 the year before.

Superintendent Sean Bell, event commander, said: “I am very pleased with the way that our officers policed this prestigious event. The spectators were good natured with no major incidents taking place.

“It’s also good news that we recorded only 13 crimes during the weekend, which means more people are being more vigilant around crime prevention.

“We were confident that, with our pre-event planning, work with Silverstone and other partners such as Thames Valley Police and Northants Fire and Rescue, our policing operation would meet the needs and demands of this event and we were proved right.

“I would like to praise the vast majority of race goers who were law-abiding and supportive and who helped make the Moto GP such a tremendous sporting occasion and safe event.”