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VJ Day celebrations policing plans

News   •   Aug 14, 2015 16:55 BST

MPS statement re: Victory over Japan Day commemoration on Saturday, 15 August in central London.

Metropolitan Police officers will be on duty on Saturday, 15 August to support the 70th anniversary of the Victory Over Japan Day (VJ Day 70) and a number of other events planned in central London.

The Met has been working closely with the events' organisers, the Ministry of Defence, the Royal British Legion, and other partners to ensure the policing operation is proportionate and appropriate for the commemorations.

Commander Dave Musker, in charge of the policing plans, said:

"We have reviewed our security plans for this event and I want to reassure people that we will continue to work hard to ensure that this is a safe and secure event.

"We have been working closely with our partners in the Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion, amongst others, to ensure the day's commemorations pass off peacefully.

"I would also like to reiterate our long-standing advice to residents and visitors to remain vigilant and alert. As ever, we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321, or 999 in an emergency."

There will be a large security operation in place, with road closures in central London between 06:00hrs and 17:00hrs. Police advise motorists to avoid driving in the Whitehall / St James's Park area and to use public transport wherever possible. If this is unavoidable, please allow extra time for the journey.

See the Transport for London (TfL) website for further information regarding traffic and transport in the Capital.

See for details of road closures.