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Update from Surrey Police following death of Queen Elizabeth II


Dear all,

It has been an incredibly busy week across policing as work continues to keep the thousands of visitors to London safe and support the wider security operation.

Officers from Surrey have been playing our part fine tuning preparations for tomorrow as it has been confirmed that the funeral cortege will pass through part of North Surrey on its way to Windsor. 

We have known this was a possibility for many years and have regularly reviewed and rehearsed our role in ensuring Her Majesty’s final journey is safe and respectful. This requires an enormous amount of coordination with our neighbouring forces - the Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley Police - and additional on the ground support from Sussex Police.

The route through Surrey will start at Crooked Billet roundabout and travel along the A30 and Windsor Road past Runnymede Meadows towards Windsor itself.  There will be temporary road closures in place on the day facilitated by Surrey County Council, and you can find all the details on this on their website so please do pass this link on.

Once the cortege has passed, road sweepers will clear flowers and any other tributes from the roads in order for the roads to be re-opened safely. Car parks around Runnymede Meadows and Runnymede Pleasure Grounds are now closed until Tuesday 20 September 2022.

With all the extra movement of people our main message continues to be about checking travel advice. It’s also likely that smaller events will take place locally tomorrow as communities gather to pay their respects or screen the funeral. Our partners at Protect UK have produced some helpful guidance for organisers to consider. This may at first glance feel quite extreme, but it is important to be prepared and take these issues seriously as event organisers.

Despite the high level of resources required to support the operation, our preparations have included ensuring we are still able to police our communities across the county as normal.

Additional resources from across the Force along with support from our colleagues in Sussex Police under our joint Operations Command is enabling us to do so again, please be reassured that policing outside of funeral events will continue.

Thank you all for you continued support during this time.

 

Nev Kemp QPM

Deputy Chief Constable 


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