Police to ensure safe passage for Olympic Torch

County police will ensure safe passage of the Olympic Torch through Northamptonshire
County police will ensure safe passage of the Olympic Torch through Northamptonshire

County police officers will be on hand to ensure the safe passage of the Olympic Torch through Northamptonshire.

The torch will be travelling through the county on Monday, July 2, escorted by a convoy of officers along the route.

It will enter Northamptonshire at Dunchurch before passing through Northampton, Wellingborough, Isham, Kettering, Geddington, Corby and Dingley en route to Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

As well as providing an escort, officers will also be in the background to provide support should any incidents occur in the vicinity of the Torch Relay.

Members of the public are reminded that many of the county’s roads will be closed, and parking restrictions enforced, for part of the day.

Supt Sean Bell, who is responsible for the policing of the Torch Relay through the county, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the Olympic Torch to Northamptonshire and hope that the event will prove a safe and enjoyable occasion for everyone involved, for those carrying the torch and for those coming out to see it along the route.

“The relay has been very popular in other parts of the United Kingdom and our advice to those who want to go and see it is to plan ahead, check out parking arrangements in advance and park considerately.

“But please do not try to approach the torchbearers as they make their way around Northamptonshire, however good your intentions are.

“They run with a special security team from the Metropolitan Police Service and this team creates a bubble around the torchbearer.

“No-one should try and enter into that bubble while the convoy is on the move. This is for their own safety as much as the torchbearer as the relay is a moving convoy of vehicles.

“There will be opportunities for photos to be taken of the torchbearer along the route but these will be when the torchbearer is stationary.

“We have been working hard for some time with our partners in local government and the emergency services to make sure we showcase the county in the international spotlight.

“But we have taken care to make sure that our normal policing service to our communities is not impacted by the commitment we are required to make around the Torch Relay.”

You can follow the progress of the Olympic Torch Relay through the county on Monday by following the Northamptonshire Telegraph on Twitter, @NTnewseditor, and by visiting www.northantstelegraph.co.uk.