Extra police on patrol for Sunderland Airshow

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TROUBLE-MAKERS intent on making a flying visit to Sunderland International Airshow this weekend are being warned to steer clear.

With up to one million people expected to flock to the seafront for the popular event, police are hoping the festival will be a soaraway success.

To ensure visitors enjoy their day out, beat bobbies will be stepping up patrols in the area to keep trouble at bay over the weekend.

Officers are also urging people to play their part in ensuring their safety at the event.

Superintendent Derek Scott, who is in charge of the policing operation, said: “The airshow is one of the highlights of the year in Sunderland and is a fantastic family day out. Extra police officers will be on patrol to reassure people and ensure their safety. Visitors can also do their bit to ensure they have a good time.

“As with any crowded place, we’d urge people to make sure valuables, like phones and wallets, are kept secure to deter pickpockets.

“If people are leaving their cars they should also ensure no valuables are left on show to deter opportunist thieves.

“Anyone bringing young children is also asked to keep a close eye on them, as they can easily get lost in the crowds.

“We’ll be supporting Sunderland City Council and working with other agencies to make sure the day is safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

This year’s show will see fast jets, Red Arrows, Falcons and historic jets take to the skies.

A Spitfire and a Hurricane will also flank a Lancaster Bomber for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, on Saturday and Sunday.

Coun John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, wellbeing and culture at Sunderland City Council, added: “It’s always important to think ahead and be prepared, and to be patient at big events such as the airshow. Identify a specific meeting point on arrival at the event, attach wristbands to your children with your mobile phone details on the reverse - these are available from information points and police officers.

“Alternatively provide your child with your mobile phone number.”

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