UPDATE: Silverstone policing operation

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UPDATE: Silverstone policing operation

More than 100,000 fans enjoyed the qualifying races at Silverstone yesterday and police are pleased to report the day has passed successfully with fans enjoying another great day at the Northamptonshire circuit.

The number of crimes reported has been at a record low with just five recorded so far since the policing operation started on Thursday.

Officers have dealt with two thefts from tents, one assault, one drugs possession and an incident this morning in which a stolen vehicle from another county was recovered near one of the campsites.

The blue City Rover was found unattended in a wooded area of Abthorpe Road. The ANPR team and dog unit searched the area and arrested two men, aged 30 and 38 on suspicion of theft.

The commander of the policing operation, Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper, said:

“Our job is to make sure everybody who comes to enjoy the F1 British Grand Prix is able to do so in a safe and peaceful environment.

“Everybody on site has been very good natured and the atmosphere has been great.

“A further 140,000 fans are expected to pass through the gates tomorrow for the main race and I am confident they will all have a fantastic day.

“We have a comprehensive security operation in place and anybody who sees anything they think is suspicious should report it immediately to police or circuit security so we can react quickly and appropriately.“

Crime prevention advice is available here: http://northants.police.uk/#!/Silverstone/22967

Advice on traffic measures both into and out of the circuit is available here: http://northants.police.uk/#!/Silverstone/22962

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