Force Praises Spectators for Fantastic Atmosphere at the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

Sunday May 6, 2018

West Yorkshire Police has praised spectators for the fantastic atmosphere and support at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Hundreds of spectators were on the starting line in the centre of Halifax to see the riders off from the Piece Hall on the final stage of the men's race. Crowds also lined the route as the peloton made its way through Calderdale, Keighley and Leeds, before coming to a finish in the heart of the City of Leeds on the Headrow.

Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson of West Yorkshire Police and Gold Commander for Stage 4 of the race said; “The Tour de Yorkshire is a fantastic event, and it gets bigger and better every year. The four days of the race was the result of months of planning, not only by ourselves, but by the other police forces involved, partner agencies and Welcome to Yorkshire.

“We have built on our success and experiences from the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 and the Yorkshire races the past three years, and are pleased at how today’s event has gone.

“It has been a magnificent four days, not only for cycling, but for the county as a whole. The spotlight has been on Yorkshire for the past four days and our fantastic county has been showcased to an international audience.

“I would like congratulate all those who have been involved with the planning for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, and would like to pass on my thanks to our volunteers, Specials and Tourmakers who made this event possible.

“I would also like to offer my thanks to thousands of spectators, who have made today such a special and memorable occasion by joining the celebrations at the start and end of today’s race and lining the race route. We have loved seeing your pictures on social media and will continue to share them in the next few days.

 “And at present, we haven’t made one Tour related arrest in West Yorkshire and that’s due in part to the great atmosphere generated across the route.”

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