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Police operation for British Grand Prix hailed a success by event commander

The policing operation for the 53rd British Grand Prix has been a huge success with more than 300,000 race-goers enjoying a virtually crime-free weekend. 

Since the operation started at 7am last Thursday, just 13 crimes were recorded, most involving theft and disorder through drunkenness.

Officers arrested a total of seven people over the four days for offences ranging from theft and assault to criminal damage.

The police operation has been extremely wide-ranging, going far beyond the circuit itself – including patrolling campsites and the surrounding road network - and involved the deployment of many specialist officers including search teams, disruption officers and ANPR units.

Crowds will also have seen a significantly higher number of overtly armed police officers at Silverstone. 

Supt Chris Hillery, event commander for Northamptonshire Police, said: “This has been a really successful operation and all the planning that has gone into this, has paid off.

“I’d like to thank all my officers who have helped make this a safe and enjoyable weekend and thanks to the racegoers themselves, the vast majority of whom have been extremely understanding of some of the slight additional delays brought on by the raised security.

“They made up a brilliant crowd and created a great atmosphere.”

Supt Hillery also paid tribute to the many partner agencies who have worked alongside Northamptonshire Police over the past few days, including colleagues in the Thames Valley, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire forces. 

In addition, the Force has worked closely with colleagues including Silverstone Circuit, EMAS, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Army.

To watch this video by event commander, Supt Chris Hillery, please click the link: 

Pictured: A selection of photos from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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