Police ready for Olympic torch relay through Sussex

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SUSSEX Police is preparing for the Olympic torch to relay through West and East Sussex next week as part of its 70-day journey from Lands End to London.

The torch, the symbolic start of the 2012 Olympic Games, arrives in Sussex on Monday July 16 and will be travelling through Lewes and through to Eastbourne on Tuesday July 17.

Local authorities are responsible for the visit, although Sussex Police has been supporting them to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime event can be celebrated safely by all our communities.

You can find out more information about the torch relay route and precise timings for its journey from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) website - www.london2012.com

Further information about road closures and other local information can also be found on council websites.

Police will be working with local authorities to minimise any impact but there may be some delays, however, everything will be done to ensure as little disruption as possible.

Motorists are asked to allow extra time for their journey around the time the torch passes through their community.

Sussex Police will be using #olympictorch on our @sussex_police account on Twitter and a Live Log on our website www.sussex.police.uk/live to provide timely updates as the torch passes through the county.

Sussex Police is responsible for policing the torch relay route and the evening celebrations in Brighton on July 16 and Hastings on July 17.

The torch will leave the county on the morning of Wednesday July 18 when it goes into Kent.

The responsibility of police is to prevent crime and disorder and to work with the local authorities to ensure the safety of those enjoying this event.

They have also been working with the Metropolitan Police, who are responsible for the security of the torch and with LOCOG, the Olympic Games organisers.

Supertintendent Grenville Wilson, of Sussex Police’s Operations Department, said: “The Olympic Torch Relay is a celebration of sport and we will be keeping the policing as discreet as possible.

“However, a proportionate policing response is in place, not only around the torch but to ensure policing in our communities continues as normal.

“Residents and visitors to Sussex will not notice a difference in our day-to-day policing response.”