Plans in place to keep disruption to a minimum for local residents ahead of Sunderland Airshow

21 Jul 2016 10:30 AM

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Northumbria Police wants thank local residents and offer reassurance that plans are in place to keep disruption to a minimum ahead of this weekend's International Sunderland Airshow.

Each year the city hosts the international event that attracts huge numbers of spectators who visit the seafront for the spectacular air display and fun family day out.

Superintendent Sarah Pitt will once again be leading the policing operation for the event as Silver Commander.

She said: "The airshow attracts huge crowds and is a fantastic event for the city and one we're really proud to be a part of. We've been working closely with the organisers and Sunderland City Council to ensure plans are in place to make sure the event runs smoothly and that any disruption to our local residents is kept to a minimum.

"Officers will be on patrol in and around the city, in particular in Seaburn and Roker, throughout the weekend - they are there to offer our local communities reassurance and I would urge anyone who does have any concerns not hesitate to speak to an officer.

"Our local residents play a crucial role in helping us as they are familiar with the area, they know what seems out of place or suspicious and I would anyone who does see somthing that they think looks out of the ordinary to please get in contact with us, they can either tell an officer on patrol or ring us.

"Some of the officers members of the public see on patrol may be armed but people should not be alarmed about this, more than anything they are there to reassure our local communities, they are not there in response to any increased threat. Please stop and speak them!

"We're really grateful to our local communities for the support they show us and their understanding throughout these events, it really is important to us and something we very much value."

Follow @northumbriapol on Twitter and Northumbria Police's Facebook page for regular updates from Northumbria Police in the run up and during the Sunderland International Airshow.


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