Police ready for busy weekend as Durham Miners' Gala takes place

The Durham Miners' Gala takes place tomorrow.
The Durham Miners' Gala takes place tomorrow.

Police have told of their plans to deal with a busy weekend as a number of events get underway.

Tens of thousands of people are set to descend on Durham tomorrow for the 134th Durham Miners' Gala.

Officers will be on patrol in and around the city for the event, which begins at 8.30am.

Road closures will be in place between 6am and 8pm.

Police will offer wristbands to children and vulnerable people to help if they get lost in the crowds.

Those with a wristband simply need to write a mobile number on them, and officers will be able to reunite them with their family or friends.

Durham Constabulary superintendent Colin Williamson said: “With good weather forecast for much of the day, we’re expecting large crowds at this year’s event.

“Our officers will be on patrol throughout the city to help keep everyone safe and ensure everyone who attends has a fantastic time.

“For the first time, there will be CCTV cameras on the show field to help with any disorder, and wristbands will again be available to help locate any children or vulnerable people who get lost in the crowds.

“We’ll also have a stand on the show field where visitors can find out more about becoming a special constable or a police officer.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday, and hope everyone who attends has a safe and enjoyable day.”

Officers will also be on duty at Seaham Carnival, which runs from today to Sunday, and for screenings of England’s third-place World Cup play-off against Belgium tomorrow.

For information on road closures at Durham Miners’ Gala, visit https://bit.ly/2lSM8ZP