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Silverstone policing operation "a success"

Northamptonshire Police say their operation at Silverstone for Grand Prix weekend was "a real success".

Since the operation started at 7am last Thursday (July 5), 21 crimes were recorded, most involving theft and disorder through drunkenness, with 14 people arrested over the four days.

The policing operation has been extremely wide-ranging, going far beyond the circuit itself – including patrolling campsites, car parks and the surrounding road network - and involving the deployment of many specialist assets including armed officers and ANPR Units. The policing of the rest of Northamptonshire was not impacted by this event with response officers, neighbourhood officers and investigators on duty across the rest of the county, protecting people from harm.

Superintendent Chris Hillery, event commander for Northamptonshire Police, said: “This has been a really successful operation once again with the months of planning having paid off. Although we have many years of success behind us with regards to policing this event, that doesn’t mean we are complacent. 

“I’d like to thank all of my officers who have worked really hard to help make this a safe and enjoyable weekend. That also goes for those officers who were not deployed to Silverstone but have had a challenging weekend policing the football.” 

Superintendent Hillery also paid tribute to the many partner agencies who have worked alongside Northamptonshire Police in the planning and implementation of the policing operation including colleagues at Thames Valley Police, regional forces, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Military.




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