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Pride in London

News   •   Jul 05, 2018 12:24 BST

On Saturday, 7 July, Pride in London hold their annual parade and related events in central London for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT+).

This is a unique event celebrating London's diverse communities, which the Metropolitan Police Service has proudly supported for many years.

This year the parade will include the Met's biggest ever police marching contingent, with over 150 police officers and staff from across the organisation taking part. They will be marching alongside colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

Police have been working closely with Pride in London for some months in planning for this event and a detailed policing plan has been put in place. Officers from the Police Liaison Team will be on the ground on the day to engage with the organisers. As with any large-scale event, there will also be a number of high visibility police patrols including armed and unarmed officers, as well as plain clothes officers being deployed.

We encourage those who wish to show their support for - and stand in unity with - the LGBT+ community to come and watch the parade and attend festival events. However, 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.

Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap, Met spokesperson for the event, said: “As with any large event the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organisers in the lead up to Pride to develop our policing plan. We want Pride to be a friendly, safe event for everyone to enjoy and to help us we need the public to take the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.”