Final pre-flight checks for Sunderland International Airshow

21 Jul 2017 13:41 PM

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Northumbria Police and Sunderland City council are carrying out their final pre-flight checks as the city gets ready for take-off for this year's event.
Over the past few months police and the event organisers have been working together to ensure a smooth event for all to enjoy.
The annual event is held on the city's seafront at Roker and Seaburn each year and, once again, Northumbria Police will be offering its support to the event to help spectators enjoy a fun family day out.
For the third year running the policing operation will be led by Silver Commander Superintendent Sarah Pitt who, along with her team, has been working closely with the organisers to ensure the event runs smoothly and is turbulent free.
Plans are in place and officers will be on patrol in and around the city throughout the airshow weekend to help visitors to the event as well as support local residents.
Silver Commander Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: "This weekend promises to be a fantastic weekend and we're really looking forward to it. We will have officers on patrol in and around the city throughout the airshow weekend and I would encourage people to stop and speak to them, they are there to support visitors to the event and our local communities and will help in anyway they can.
"For those going along who want to get involved then please send us your pictures from the event and we'll try and share as many as we can on social media, and if you can one with a police officer even better!"

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: "The airshow is always a calendar highlight, not only is it popular with the people of Sunderland, it attracts visitors from all over. Events like this require a lot of hard work and planning to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely for all who attend, so I want to thank all those involved – organisers, our police officers and partners – without them the event wouldn’t be the year on year success it’s famous for. I hope this will be the best yet!" 

Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership and Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Harry Trueman added:  “We have worked hard with our community safety partners to plan for this event, and make sure that people feel re-assured and safe. Police officers will provide a visible but friendly presence at the airshow, and I hope everyone will help them make this a fantastic weekend.”               
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.
Police are offering a few tips to help everyone enjoy the event:
-    Make a note of the prearranged meeting points in case you become lost or lose someone, make sure you have the phone numbers of people you are with so you can contact them if you need to.
-    Drink responsibly and look after yourself, make sure you have plans to get home if you are planning a night out after visiting the airshow.
-    Keep your personal belongings – mobile phones, wallets etc. – somewhere safe. Don’t leave bags open and make sure nothing valuable is left in a bag or pocket that someone can access without you knowing.
-    If you are driving, make sure you have locked your vehicle before leaving it unattended and don’t leave anything valuable inside.

Below is a reminder of some traffic advice:-

  -    If you are driving be patient, the roads will be busy. Leave plenty of time for your journey.
-    Plan your route beforehand and follow the signs to designated parking areas and leave plenty of time for arriving and leaving.
-    Please note there are currently road works on the A1231 so the approach to the Stadium of Light Park and Ride will be busy
-    Signs will be in place to direct motorists to designated parking areas – please follow these signs. It is advisable to turn your SAT-NAV off as you approach Sunderland as it will direct you to the most popular route thereby causing delays.
-    Motor Patrols officers will be on duty to assist in keeping traffic flowing, where possible, throughout the main routes in the area.

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