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Police issue warning to potential protesters on Formula 1 race day

Author: Northants Police Posted: Jul 2, 2022 2:49 PM

Northamptonshire Police and Silverstone are issuing a warning to deter potential protesters ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 British Grand Prix following reports received that individuals may be attempting to gain access to the track.

Event Commander – Chief Inspector Tom Thompson, said: “We have received credible information that a group of protesters are planning to disrupt the event and possibly invade the track on race day.

“First and foremost, I want to appeal directly to this group of people and strongly urge you not to endanger yourself, the pilots, as well as the many marshals, volunteers and members of the public.

“Going to a live circuit is extremely dangerous – if you go ahead with this reckless plan, you are putting lives at risk.

“Protesting is of course a human right for everyone in this country and we are more than happy to speak with you to help facilitate a peaceful protest on the circuit, we just ask that you do not create a life-threatening situation.”

Northamptonshire Police, as always, have a hugely extensive policing operation planned which covers such eventualities and as such extra resources will be in place throughout the race weekend should anyone ignore these warnings and attempts to disrupt the event.

Chief Inspector Thompson added: ‘We are very experienced in policing this event, having done so for a number of years, but let me clarify – this does not make us complacent. The security measures we have in place are stricter than ever and anyone who thinks they are taking advantage of the race weekend to commit a crime will be caught.

“Finally, I would just like to ask members of the public to be extra vigilant and let us know of anything you see over the race weekend that does not appear to be correct. We would rather receive a well-meaning report that proves to be nothing, than not to receive any at all.

“If you see or suspect anything suspicious, please report it to a member of the police or security.”

Protesters wishing to speak to the team working on Formula 1 can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 using Op Pitlane as a reference.

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