Police preparing for Olympics with exercises in Yorkshire

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OFFICERS will be out training and testing their ability to police at heights across Yorkshire next week in preparation for the London Olympics.

Ten members of British Transport Police’s specialist policing at heights team will be undertaking two days at iconic tourist landmarks around Yorkshire including York Minster and on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on Monday and Tuesday.

The team has been established to deal with searches and policing at a height, such as on tops of buildings or on top of a train.

Police trainer PC Roy Brewer said: “We previously only had a policing at heights team based in London. Over the past few years, there have been a number of incidents in the north where the team have been required and were deployed from London - the most recent being the environmental protest at Drax power station.

“The team were required to safely remove a large number of protesters who had secured themselves on top of a freight train outside the station.

“Following the protest, a north-based team has now been set up and are currently training and gearing up towards assisting in policing of the Olympics and will be deployed to undertake a range of tasks where required, including searching at heights, protester-removal and flash advertising-removal.

“The training they will be undertaking over these two days will mirror a real life incident which they are likely to face so it will provide them with a great opportunity to put there knowledge and specialist skills into action before they are faced with the real thing in July.”