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The Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend is set to be a busy one across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
At least 500 of street parties are being organised across the two counties and police are reminding people to stay safe and help prevent crime.
Officers have already been talking to organisers and will be maintaining a visible police presence at many events.
Chief Inspector Jason Kenny is part of the team co-ordinating the force’s resources this coming weekend. “The Jubilee weekend is one of many occasions this summer for which we’ve been planning well in advance,” he said.
“There are approximately 500 street parties and celebrations that we’ve been told about over the four days, mostly on the Sunday and Monday. There are other big events to coincide with the Jubilee and town centres are expected to be very busy as well.
“Our Safer Neighbourhoods teams will be taking the opportunity to visit many of the street parties to engage with local communities, provide visible reassurance and offer crime prevention advice.
“Extra police officer and police community support officers are being drafted in over the two days and are being supplemented by Special constables volunteering for duties.
“I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend and is able to join the celebrations. Please take a few moments to read our advice to help you do so safely.”
Advice for Jubilee party celebrations
· Even though celebrations maybe on the front doorstep, make sure your doors and windows are shut and locked
· Leave unnecessary items of value in the home out of sight of ground floor windows
· If you’re taking photos, keep your camera with you at all times and when you’ve finished with it, store it securely back in the house
· If you’re drinking, know your limits and drink responsibly
· Do not drink and drive. Book a taxi in advance or get a friend to drive
· Make sure that alcohol is kept under adult supervision and away from those aged under 18
· If you’re driving, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination
· Try, where possible, to avoid parking cars in neighbouring streets. If you need to remove your vehicle from your road, either park on your driveway or in your garage or ask a friend if you can park at their house
· Make sure everything is removed from display from your vehicle including cash, sat navs and bags. Wipe off sucker marks from sat navs
· Make sure you have sought the necessary approvals to close the road from your local authority
· Pay attention to any conditions imposed by the local authority i.e. timings for street closures etc
· If you notice anything suspicious alert the police immediately on 999