Police ready to welcome torch
Dated: 07 Jun 2012
The region’s police forces are ready to welcome the Olympic Torch as it passes through the north east this week.
Planning for the Torch Relay, which comes through Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland between June 14 and 18, has been well underway for several months.
Forces have been working closely with a range of partners to ensure a safe and seamless passage through the region.
The Torch enters Northumbria from Scotland on the afternoon of June 14. It will travel across the region, through Northumbria, County Durham and Darlington, leaving Cleveland on the morning of Monday, June 18.
The responsibility of police is to prevent crime and disorder and to work with the local authorities to ensure the safety of those enjoying the event.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Ashman, who is co-ordinating the policing operation for Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland, is looking forward to welcoming the torch after months of preparation.
He said: “We’re committed to helping deliver a safe and secure Olympic Torch Relay, working with neighbouring forces and all our partners to ensure a fantastic event ahead of the main Games.
We’ve also been working with the Metropolitan Police who are responsible for the security of the torch and with LOCOG, the Olympic Games organisers."