Police patrols stepped up for Sunderland International Airshow

Sunderland International Airshow 2014'One of the highlights, and everybody's favourite, the Red Arrows thrilled visitors on both Saturday and Sunday with their impressive display.
Sunderland International Airshow 2014'One of the highlights, and everybody's favourite, the Red Arrows thrilled visitors on both Saturday and Sunday with their impressive display.
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Visitors to Sunderland’s biggest tourist attraction - the Sunderland International Airshow - could find themselves banned from the event if they misbehave.

The warning comes as police gear up for what is expected to be a busy weekend in the city.

Our priority is to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time

Chf Insp Sarah Pitt

Every year hundreds of thousands of spectators descend on Seaburn beach to see a range of flying displays and on the ground attractions.

Police are stepping up patrols in the city throughout the three day event in a bid to stop troublemakers in their tracks.

Dispersal orders have been put in place for areas around the seafront.

This means anyone causing trouble or disorder can be moved on and directed to leave the area. Anyone who refuses to do so could be arrested.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, overseeing the policing operation for the event, said: “The Airshow is one of the highlights of the year for the city and a fantastic family day out. As with previous years, we aren’t expecting any trouble, but as large crowds will be attending the event, extra police will be on patrol to reassure visitors and deal with any incidents that may arise.”

Police are advising people coming to the event to use public transport or the Park and Ride services wherever possible; to ensure items like phones and wallets are secure and if bringing young children to keep a close eye on them.

The Airshow is a no-alcohol zone.

Chf Insp Pitt added: “Our priority is to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe time free from crime and disorder and we will assist the event organisers to make sure that happens.”