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Policing and security operation under way in London following passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Policing and security operation under way in London following passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Officers and staff from across the Metropolitan Police Service are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Following the announcement, the Met, British Transport Police and the City of London Police have initiated well-rehearsed policing plans across the capital.

The public will see additional officers posted outside key locations, including transport hubs, Royal Parks and outside Royal residences in London. We will be keeping people safe with highly visible patrols across London.

Road closures are being established at a number of locations in Westminster. Although we recognise these road closures may cause some inconvenience, they are necessary to ensure the safety of those members of public visiting London and to allow the planned ceremonial events to take place.

The Met is working closely with Westminster City Council and Transport for London to minimise any disruption to residents and businesses. Those wishing to travel into London and visit Royal Residences are encouraged to visit www.Royal.uk for the latest information.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said: “I wish to pass my deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family at this extremely sad time.

“This will be an extremely poignant moment for the nation, and I know people will want to pay respects and celebrate The Queen’s dedication to public service.

“Working closely with the City of London Police and British Transport Police, the Met will now coordinate and deploy a comprehensive policing plan in London. This operation will be highly visible, particularly in Westminster and areas around Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

“A great number of police officers will be on duty during this period, to ensure the safety of those visiting London and to deter any potential criminality. Officers will also be offering advice to visitors, particularly those who may be unfamiliar with the city.

“Those visiting London are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns to police officers on duty.”

If you see or hear anything that doesn’t feel right, you can contact police by dialling 101, or call 999 if it is an emergency. You can also contact the Met by tweeting @MetCC on Twitter, or report crimes online via our website www.met.police.uk .

Further updates on the Met’s policing operation will be shared online at www.met.police.uk and updates will also be shared on the @MetPoliceEvents account on Twitter.

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