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Police thank people of Lincolnshire for success of Olympic Torch Relay

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

  • The Major Incident Command Room at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters

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Lincolnshire Police has thanked the public and its partners for helping to make the Olympic Torch Relay a success.

More than a year of careful planning on the part of local authorities and the emergency services, coupled with an amazing sense of community spirit, enabled the most logistically challenging event Lincolnshire has ever seen to go without a hitch.

Thousands of county residents lined the route and joined a wide range of cultural events and celebrations in towns and villages.

Despite the huge amount of people moving around the county and the massive crowds gathering in places like Skegness and Lincoln, crime and disruption was at an absolute minimal. Officers did not make a single Olympic celebration-related arrest in Lincoln last night.

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A fantastic sense of community was present from the very start as the torch entered the county at Louth.

A really impressive crowd turned out at Skegness with tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers watching the torch pop onto the beach.

There was a great turnout in Boston where the crowds were four-deep on the pavements and Sleaford surprised everyone with one of the biggest turnouts in the county.

As the Olympic Torch passed through Bracebridge Heath and into Lincoln the crowds built up in the Brayford Wharf area for the Festival of Light – which culminated in a really impressive fireworks display at 10pm.

That event topped off an amazing night which had seen more than 10,000 people turn up for the City Of Lincoln Council’s evening celebration at Yarborough Sports Ground.

All of this was made possible by 12 months of panning from all of the district councils, The City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council and our emergency services partners.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said "The policing operation was unlike any other the county has seen in terms of its size and scale and sheer logistical challenges.

“The entire operation was run from the Major Incident Command Room at Police Headquarters where there were representatives from all the emergency services, district and county council, military and voluntary sector.

“We worked well together, co-ordinating our efforts and late yesterday evening I spoke at the operational debrief to thank everybody for working so hard to make the event safe, effective and as enjoyable as it was for our communities.

“We worked from around 4am on Wednesday morning until 10.30pm to ensure our officers and staff were in the right place, right through to the close of the Brayford firework event in Lincoln. For the majority of that time, there were around 1,000 people on duty, of which 400 were police officers, PCSOs and special constables."

“I would like to say thank-you to the people of Lincolnshire for getting into the party spirit. I hope they too felt our operation helped the day make a great success for the county and something to be really proud of.”

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  June 28 2012, 1:31PM

    Well I came from Portland Street under Pelham Bridge and on to Canwick Road at around 3:45 and the traffic trying to get out of Lincoln was worse than rush hour - I guess everyone was trying to escape before the roads got closed.

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  • Sandy_C1967  |  June 28 2012, 12:33PM

    I've never seen the roads of Lincoln so quite (and this was well before the roads were closed). Maybe the torch should come through Lincoln everyday. :-)

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  • Phil1W  |  June 28 2012, 12:18PM

    I'd love to know why someone thought Broadgate should be closed more than half an hour before the thing was due to emerge from Silver Street to go up Lindum Hill. Also, Why traffic couldn't go from Monks Road across into Clasketgate. The whole city was cut off and brought to a standstill south to north and east to west for far more time than it needed to be. I hate to think what would have happened if there had been a major emergency anywhere in Lincoln!

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