Warwickshire Police prepare for the arrival of the Oympic Torch

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THIS weekend it is the turn of the people of Warwickshire to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay as it reaches Warwickshire.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets as the torch travels along the roads of Warwickshire and passes through some of our iconic towns on Day 44 and Day 45, of the Torch Relay’s tour around Britain.

The route the Olympic Torch will take on Day 44 (Sunday) takes it from Birmingham to Solihull, Earlswood, Redditch, Alcester, Evesham, Chipping Camden, Newbold on Stour, Alderminster, Stratford on Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and up to the Memorial Park in Coventry.

On Day 45 (Monday) the Olympic Torch leaves Coventry and travels to Rugby and Dunchurch before passing over the county border into Northamptonshire at shortly after 9am.

Details of the time and the exact route of the Olympic Torch are available by visiting the London2012 website www.london2012.com/torch-relay or the Warwickshire County Council website www.warwickshire.gov.uk where you will also find information about some of the many events that have been planned to make this a day for celebration for the people of Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police has been working closely with the Olympic Torch planning team, the Metropolitan Police, local authorities and other partner agencies in Warwickshire and the West Midlands region to ensure that day goes smoothly and to keep people safe.

Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton, said: “The Olympic Torch Relay in Warwickshire is a fantastic opportunity for people to be a part of what has been described as the ‘Greatest Sporting Event in the World’.

“There will be large crowds and we have planned a policing operation which will keep people safe, while not forgetting that this is a day of celebration. We want everyone to enjoy themselves and to make this a memorable occasion for all the right reasons.”

Road closures have been kept to a minimum, but certain restrictions will apply to traffic and car parking before and during the Torch Relay is in some parts of the county to ensure there are no hold-ups along the way.

People planning to watch the Olympic Torch are therefore advised to check with the Warwickshire County Council website for details of parking arrangements.

People can also get up to the minute information via Twitter.

If you are planning to come to watch the Olympic Torch Relay:

· Plan your day and leave extra time to get to where you want to watch it

· Do not park your car in any restricted parking area – it is likely to be towed away

· Stay on the roadside, do not run out in front of the Olympic Torch Relay as it approaches you

· There are a number of slow moving vehicles in the Olympic Torch Relay, keep children safe

· Make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather decides to do this weekend.

· If it is hot ensure you have some water with you

· As always in large crowds make sure you keep personal belongings close to you and keep purses and wallets in a secure place, preferably in an inside pocket

· Do not leave bags or other belongings unattended

If it is cold or wet make sure you have adequate clothing

· Make sure you know where your children are at all times

If you see a crime in action dial 999, if you are reporting an incident which has already happened dial the non emergency police number 101.