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Northumbria Police praise public following Tall Ships regatta

31 Aug 2016 11:55 AM

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Northumbria Police have praised the public for helping to make the Tall Ships regatta such a sailing success.

Officers from across the Force were on duty at the four-day event over the weekend that saw hundreds of thousands of people arrive in the Northumberland town of Blyth.

More than 20 ships had packed into the Port of Blyth for the bank holiday weekend with visitors able to climb on board and find out more about the race's history.

There were food stalls, entertainment and parades taking place across the event and a real buzz of excitment in the town.

A visible police presence was in place, including a number of armed officers, but Northumbria Police have praised the public for their excellant behaviour.

Officers mingled with crowds, took selfies with visitors and introduced the public to the latest litter of police puppies.

Now silver commander Superintendent Geoff Logan has thanked organisers of the event, partner agencies and the people of Blyth for making it such a success.

He said: "This weekend has been a pleasure to be involved in and it was great for local people to see Blyth put on the map with such a fantastic event.

"There was very little trouble across the entire weekend and that is a real testament to everyone who turned out to enjoy the buzz around the town.

"This event had the potential to cause major disruption to our roads but we worked closely with organisers to ensure that we could minimise those traffic issues.

"There were some issues on the final day which we know was frustrating but we got that moving as quickly as possible and I think the entire weekend was a major success.

"Our officers have already told me how fantastic it was to be able to speak to the people of Blyth, grab a selfie with them and make the public feel safe.

"The public reacted really well to the presence of armed officers and they had a great time mingling with the crowds. We hope their presence made visitors feel safe and reassured."

The event took two-and-a-half years to plan and police officers were on duty all across the Northumberland coastline on Monday when the 23 ships set sail from the Port of Blyth .

All the boats then headed out five miles from the coast to start their 500 nautical mile race to Gothenburg in Sweden.

If you managed to grab a selfie with a Northumbria Police officer over the weekend then tweet it to @northumbriapol.