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Preventing crime at the Redditch Tour Series cycle event

More than 15,000 spectators witnessed the opening round of the 2017 Tour Series and Women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix in Redditch on Tuesday, 9 May 2017, and West Mercia Police Special Constables were on duty to provide a high-visibility presence in and around the cycle route in order to maintain the peace and prevent any significant crime from taking place.

The 1.4km circuit for the Pearl Izumi Tour Series men's race and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix women's race took in Church Green West, Prospect Hill, Clive Road, Hewell Road and Unicorn Hill. The crowds could sample refreshments at St Stephen's Church and were entertained by local musicians.

The Special Constables sought to prevent well-known criminals from around the Redditch area using the cycle race as an opportunity to commit crimes.

Acting Special Sergeant Tom Williams said: "No other agencies were involved within or throughout the day. Apart from event security, which was provided by the race organisers, there were no other agencies which provided support to us".

"The role of the Special Constables was to undertake high-visibility foot patrols of the route and detain anybody thought to be a threat to the peace or to spectators and visitors to Redditch. We also were present to detain any individual who had strayed from their Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) warning, which limits where an individual can legally go."

Acting Special Sergeant Williams said: "Through the efforts of the Special Constables spectators, visitors and Tour Series personnel were able to enjoy the cycling event in Redditch. With only one arrest all day for a breach of CRASBO we felt that this was a very successful operation as we had prevented crime from developing into anything further which would have required a bigger response".