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Northumbria Police plans in place for the Tall Ships

23 Aug 2016 15:00 PM

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Northumbria Police is delighted to be playing a part in the Tall Ships Regatta as it prepares to hit Blyth this bank holiday weekend.

This is the first time that the regatta has been held in the region for more than ten years after its success on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside in 2005.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy the event, which also includes nightly fireworks, live music and grand parades.

Police have been working closely with partners including the event organisers, Northumberland County Council and the other blue light services to ensure the event passes safely.

And now the public are being advised to plan their weekends in advance as hundreds of thousands of visitors head to the coastal town.

Superintendent Geoff Logan, silver commander for the event, said: "Everyone in the region cannot wait for the Tall Ships to arrive in Blyth and everyone here at Northumbria Police is proud to play a part in it.

"Our officers will be on duty across the event over the weekend and our role is to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip to the Northumberland coastline.

"We want the public to come and speak to our officers and talk to us about the event. It is a great opportunity for us as a region to show just how fantastic this part of the world is.

"However, it is important for people to be aware of how they are getting there as there is no event parking in the town centre over the weekend.

"Motorists will instead be directed to two Park and Ride sites but these are likely to be very busy at peak times. At these times the public are asked to remain patient and work with the event organisers and police.

"There is entertainment all along the coastline so if the pick-up points are busy then there will be plenty of things to do as you wait for the queues to die down."

Officers will be highly visible across the weekend and will be engaging with visitors to the town to make them feel as safe and reassured as possible.

Armed officers will also be on duty across the event as they have been at other large-scale events in the region including Newcastle Pride and the Sunderland Air Show.

This is not to respond to any intelligence but just to offer reassurance. Members of the public are encouraged to speak to those officers and speak to them about the Regatta.

Supt Logan added: "Our firearms officers have already been highly visible at events in our region and have had a great time engaging with the public and getting to know those visiting our region.

"They are there to reassure you and keep you safe. There is no intelligence to suggest this event will be targeted in anyway and the public should not be concerned to see armed officers on patrol.

"Say hello to the officers, grab a selfie with them and ask them what their favourite thing is about Northumbria. This is a fantastic event and we just want to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time."

Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “This will be an amazing weekend for Blyth and Northumberland and we are delighted to have support from all our colleagues at the police and the other blue light services.

"We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors over the coming days and will be working with all our partners to ensure everyone can really enjoy themselves."

For further information about parking at the event and the locations of the Park and Ride sites visit http://www.tallshipsblyth2016.com/.