10th Dec, 2016

Police welcome successful Shakespeare Celebrations operation

Stratford Editorial 28th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE say the weekend went off without a hitch.

Amid the tightest security ever seen on the streets of Stratford – with tens of thousands of extra visitors descending on the town for the 400 celebrations on Saturday and Sunday – police chiefs say no one was arrested and not one incident reported

There was a noticeable increase in the presence of uniformed officers across the town, but although Warwickshire Police was unable to confirm exactly how many extra were on the beat, they said the number “was proportionate to the risk posed by the occasion.”

They confirmed the policing operation for the celebrations had not included any plain clothed police officers but maintained a ‘robust procedure’ was in place to deal with any intelligence relating to the safety of the community.

There was extra security with Prince Charles in town on Saturday.

The Prince attended RSC Live! in the evening with unprecedented security at the RST – including bag searches and temporary barriers front and back.

Ch Insp Andy Nolan of Warwickshire Police said: “The annual Shakespeare’s celebrations are always a fun, family orientated affair enjoyed by the entire community and this year was no exception.

“The celebrations were particularly special as they marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and once again, our historical town hosted thousands of visitors who came to pay tribute to the world’s most renowned playwright.

“Officers were on duty across Stratford for the duration of the event to provide reassurance to the local community.

“No incidents were recorded or arrests made as a result of the celebrations which resulted in a pleasant and enjoyable weekend for all those involved.”