Olympic torch visits Cambridge
A POLICING operation will be in place over the weekend to support the county’s second visit of the Olympic Torch.
The Torch is due to arrive in Cambridge tomorrow (Saturday July 7) evening as part of its 70-day tour around the UK.
Around 120 police officers, PCSOs and Specials will take part in the operation to support the local authority and LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games).
The following day (Sunday July 8) the torch will leave Cambridge and head to St Ives and Huntingdon.
Around 125 police officers, PCSOs and Specials will take part in the operation to support the local authority and LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games).
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Chief inspector Mike Winters said: “Our policing operation is in place to support LOCOG and the local authorities to maintain public safety during the Torch visit.
“These events are a fantastic opportunity for the community to get in the Olympic spirit and take part in this celebration of sport, culture and local heroes.
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“This is a community event and it is important the focus remains on the celebration of this sporting event.
“Our operation will be effective and robust, yet it will remain proportionate and wherever possible discreet.”
Responsibility for the security of the Olympic Torch is provided by the Metropolitan Police who supply an inner cordon of protection around the flame and torchbearer.
Chief Insp Winters added: “We have been working closely with LOCOG, the local authorities and partner forces to ensure plans are in place for this event.
“During the Torch’s progress through the county it will be business as usual in terms of policing in Cambridgeshire.”