Police ready for Olympic torch

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POLICE are prepared to welcome the Olympic Torch as it passes through the region.

Teams of Northumbria and Durham officers will be on hand to keep crowds safe when the torch passes through Sunderland on Saturday, landing in Durham in the afternoon before leaving on Sunday.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Ashman 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.”