Police stepping up patrols for Sunderland Airshow

PC Sarah McLaren and Sgt Gary Dickson on the Roker seafront ahead of this year's Sunderland International Airshow.

PC Sarah McLaren and Sgt Gary Dickson on the Roker seafront ahead of this year's Sunderland International Airshow.

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POLICE are stepping up patrols for the Sunderland International Airshow to help stop any turbulence from troublemakers

Hundreds of thousands of people will be landing in the city over the weekend to enjoy the annual event along the seafront and officers are hoping it will be a flyaway success.

But they are urging visitors to be on their best behaviour and to stay safe.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove, who covers Roker seafront, said: “The airshow is one of the highlights of the year in Sunderland and is a fantastic family day out.

“We know the majority of visitors will not cause us any trouble but those who are intent on causing a nuisance or committing crime are being warned they’re not welcome.

“Extra police officers will be on patrol to reassure people and ensure their safety.

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

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

“We’ll be working with other agencies and emergency services to make sure the day is as enjoyable for everyone and action is swiftly taken against those who are spoiling it.”

Visitors are also being sent warnings over water safety.

Over the weekend, 23 RNLI lifeboat volunteers and beach lifeguards will be on duty each day.

An exclusion zone has also been put in place between Roker Lighthouse and Whitburn Steel by Sunderland Port Authority, meaning all boats must stay behind the line of buoys.

Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI senior helmsman, said: “We encourage those attending this fantastic event to follow our advice which will help keep them safe and ensure they have a fantastic enjoyable weekend.

“If anyone needs any further advice during the event, they should contact either an event steward or a member of one of the rescue organisations.”

For beach or safety advice, visit www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety or www.rnli.org/beachsafety