Police are ready for torch relay

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THE region’s police forces are preparing to welcome the Olympic Torch as it passes through the region next week.

Planning for the torch telay, which comes through Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland between June 14 and 18, has been under way for several months.

Forces have been working closely with a range of partners to ensure the torch’s safe and seamless passage through the region.

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 leading 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.

“We’ve a wealth of experience in delivering major public events and have put in place structures for national co-ordination and command at a regional and local level.

“This will ensure we manage the complexity of the relay.”