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2,300 police to line the route of Queen’s journey to Windsor Citadel



Round 2,300 cops will line the route of the Queen’s ultimate journey from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle.

Greater than 3,000 officers from forces outdoors London will type a part of the ten,000-strong staff policing the funeral on Monday, which Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy described because the “ultimate and most complicated section” of the operation after the dying of the monarch.

Talking to the PA information company within the specialist operations room of the capital’s police pressure on Sunday, Mr Cundy stated: “This can be a policing operation the Met has been planning for a substantial period of time however on Monday we are going to enter our ultimate and most complicated section of our policing operation.

(PA Graphics)

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“Before everything, our precedence is to make sure a secure and a safe state funeral and processional route, but additionally secure and safe for everybody who’s attending.

“As a part of the route from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, we can have 1,000 cops alongside army personnel lining the route.

“These officers will probably be partaking with the large crowds that we’re anticipating in London and I’d ask anyone, if you’re coming to London, to pay your respects and to see Her Majesty the Queen: for those who see something out of the unusual, for those who hear something suspicious, please converse to one of many hundreds of cops who will probably be on obligation.”

Talking in regards to the ultimate leg of the procession, he added: “As Her Majesty the Queen takes her ultimate journey throughout London after which to Windsor, we can have one other 1,300 officers as a part of that route.

“We now have a well-developed and a well-rehearsed plan with Thames Valley Police and the Surrey Police as Her Majesty the Queen makes her ultimate journey.”

(PA Graphics)

(PA Graphics)

Requested how officers would reply to any potential demonstrations, Mr Cundy stated officers had been briefed and the pressure would “at all times take a balanced and proportionate response to no matter points that we discover”.

“Over the past week we’ve had so many individuals coming right here to London to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen.

“All of our officers who will probably be on obligation for the state funeral and for the route and throughout London have been briefed, they perceive what their position is, they usually all really feel immensely privileged to be a part of this general police response.

“We’ll at all times take a balanced and proportionate response to no matter points that we discover. And we are going to solely take motion that’s completely vital.”

Talking about issues for the protection of officers after the stabbing of two members of the Met on obligation in Westminster on Friday morning, Mr Cundy stated: “The horrible, severe stabbing of two of our colleagues will at all times ship a shockwave throughout all of us inside the Met Police.

Stuart Cundy (Yui Mok/PA)

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“I’m happy to say that a type of officers has been launched from hospital.

“We’re skilled in what we do, we’ve an absolute concentrate on what our duties are, and on Monday for the state funeral, at first our position is to make sure a secure and safe state funeral route and for all those that are coming to London.”

The specialist operations room in Lambeth is the biggest of its sort in UK policing, and has performed a central position in managing the capital’s largest occasions, together with the 2012 Olympics and Trooping the Color ceremonies.

On Saturday, King Charles III met new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley and officers concerned within the safety operation.

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