This Sunday, 14 July, the Met will be policing the Cricket World Cup Final 2019 at Lords Cricket ground.
In what is expected to be a celebratory, yet busy day, officers are reminding spectators and visitors to keep their personal belongings with them at all times and remain vigilant for anything that might appear to be suspicious.
Whilst there is no intelligence to suggest there is any threat, the current threat level remains at severe, so we ask all attendees to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police or stewards assigned to this event.
Detective Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming, Met spokesperson for the event, said: “It is a privilege to have the Cricket World Cup 2019 taking place in England and Wales. We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting parts of the tournament so far, and look forward to the final fixture taking place in the London this weekend.
“Throughout the competition we have been working closely with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Lords Cricket Ground to ensure that a detailed policing plan is in place.
“A number of uniformed, plain-clothed and armed police will be on patrol around the stadium. If you see anything that looks suspicious or have any concerns, please speak to them.”
The Met also asks those attending Lords and anyone who might be watching the final at a pub or open space to keep their belongings on them at all time and to be aware of pickpockets who may be operating.
The same advice applies to those who will be attending the Wimbledon Tennis finales in SW19.
Advice on how to avoid having your personal belongings stolen can be found on the Met’s website
We also strongly advise against purchasing tickets from ticket touts outside of the stadium.
DCS Fleming continued: “We advise anyone who is thinking of purchasing a ticket from someone outside a cricket stadium to think twice. The ticket you are about to buy may be a fake or possibly even a photocopy and you are very likely to be handing over your money to a criminal and will not be allowed into the stadium.
“We also ask that if you are purchasing a ticket online and the price seems too good to be true, then it possibly is.”
DCS Fleming concluded: “As with any major public event, we would ask the public to remain alert, but not alarmed, and if they see anything suspicious to ACT and report it to police or stewards at the event.
Alternatively, you can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
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