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Policing the World Athletics Championships

News   •   Aug 04, 2017 09:47 BST

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been working hard with organisers in the run up to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships beginning on Friday, 4 August until Sunday, 13 August.

The events will be held at the London Stadium in Stratford, with a men's and women's marathon in central London on Sunday 6 August and 50k and 20k race walks on Sunday 13 August.

The Met has been planning and preparing with our partners for the championships for a number of months to ensure an appropriate and proportionate policing plan is in place.

Superintendent Helen O’Sullivan, spokesperson for the Met said: "These events are some of the biggest in the international sporting calendar and we have been working hard to ensure that those coming to enjoy the championships can do so safely.

"The policing plan has been reviewed and tested, and we will be using a range of policing tactics throughout the duration of the championships. People can expect to see armed officers working at the location as part of that overall policing plan."


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