West Yorkshire Police Delighted to Support Safe and Secure Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Thursday May 3, 2018

West Yorkshire Police delighted to support a safe and secure Tour de Yorkshire 2018

West Yorkshire Police will be on hand to support the safe and secure running of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 between Thursday 3 May and Sunday 6 May.

Hosted by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation, the cycle race is attracting some of the biggest teams from around the world as they take on hills, dales, moors, towns, cities and villages across Yorkshire.

There will be four full stages of racing:

Stage 1, 3 May: Beverley to Doncaster (including the Women’s race)

Stage 2, 4 May: Barnsley to Ilkley (including the Women’s race)

Stage 3, 5 May: Richmond to Scarborough

Stage 4, 6 May: Halifax to Leeds (including the Maserati races for amateur riders starting and finishing in Leeds)

Stage 4, The Yorkshire Terrier is entirely in West Yorkshire, starting from the iconic Piece Hall in Halifax and finishing on the Headrow in Leeds.

The riders will leave the Piece Hall before taking on the first of six climbs at Cote de Hebden Bridge, before heading through Kieghley and Skipton. The first of the days sprints at Kilsnsey Crag is followed by the fourth climb at Cote de Park Rash.

The final climb of the day, and 2018 race is at Cote de Otley Chevin before the final spring along Black Hill Road where the riders race towards Leeds and reach the finish line in the heart of the city on the Headrow.

For more information about the stages, please go to https://letour.yorkshire.com/the-race/.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire has developed into a truly fantastic event with a world-wide audience which West Yorkshire Police is very proud to support showcasing some of the most iconic places in West Yorkshire.

"All the forces involved in the policing of the event, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Humberside, South Yorkshire, have worked very closely with Welcome to Yorkshire and the other partner agencies throughout the planning process to make sure all four days of the race go as smoothly as possible.

“We have once again been able to draw on the valuable experience gained from the previous three Tour de Yorkshires and the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014. These events were hugely successful in terms of spectator and participant experiences, and also in delivering effective partnership working across geographic boundaries and all the agencies involved.

"This year’s race will again be escorted around the region by specialist police motorcyclists using rolling road closures. Disruption will therefore be kept to a minimum in most locations, with around one hour delays as the peloton passes through the race route. There are some areas that will have longer closures, predominantly around the start and end of the races, but these will kept to a minimum. If you are looking to travel around the county on Friday and Sunday, make sure you plan your journey accordingly and have a look on the Tour de Yorkshire website for advice.

"Importantly, we have worked very closely with the local authorities to ensure the emergency services can respond to urgent calls during the event. We would remind any spectators to be mindful of where they park their vehicles if travelling to watch the race by car to allow emergency services vehicles through should they be required.

"Each of the police forces involved will deploy enhanced levels of resources to the crowded locations. This is not because we anticipate any disorder - far from it. Our experiences with the Tour de France in 2014, and the previous Tour de Yorkshire races, showed us that having an enjoyable time with fellow fans is the priority of those in attendance. It is very much a celebratory and family atmosphere, with the style of policing reflecting the occasion.

"However, we are conscious of the large crowds that will gather at certain points of the route, and we want to ensure residents and visitors enjoy the Tour de Yorkshire in a safe environment.”

Following on from last year’s Tour de Yorkshire, there will again be a greater emphasis on crowd safety and crime prevention.

A number of strands of police activity are being co-ordinated to achieve this for the event, including:

 

• highly visible, unpredictable deployments of police officers and other specialist resources, such as police dogs and armed police officers

• deployment of teams of police officers who are specially-trained in the latest techniques to detect criminals and identify those with criminal intent

• using an extensive network of CCTV cameras and working with CCTV operators to identify criminal activity and gather evidence

• developing a network of vigilance amongst staff, businesses and retailers raising awareness of how to report suspicious activity

• raising awareness of the public’s role in helping us to keep sites and crowded places safe and how to be vigilant for and report suspicious activity

 

ACC Battle said: “These tactics are proven to be effective in deterring and detecting criminals across a wide range of criminality, including those conducting ‘hostile reconnaissance’. This is the information gathering stage criminals and terrorists go through to select their target and plan their activity.

 

“By doing this, we aim to make key sites and crowded places as uncomfortable for them as possible and prevent them from carrying out their reconnaissance, thereby disrupting the planning of their criminal activity.

 

“We call on people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately by

• telling a police officer

• calling 101 or 999 if an emergency response is required

• calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

 

“Ultimately we, like all the other partners involved, want everyone who comes to experience the Tour de Yorkshire to thoroughly enjoy it in a safe environment.

“You will see us providing a reassuring and visible presence, and we will be keeping a watchful eye over this magnificent event that we are very proud to support.”

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