Over 60,000 people are expected to visit Portsmouth next week, as preparations for D-Day 75 step up in Portsmouth and Southsea. Hampshire Constabulary are responsible for ensuring the safety of veterans, the Queen, visiting dignitaries, and the public.
Patrols have already increased in Southsea and mounted units from Thames Valley are also on patrol. Fencing has been erected along Southsea Common, while the marine unit is monitoring the Solent, and the Commercial Vehicle Unit is performing checks on vehicles that could be used to disrupt events.
The commemorative event on 5 June – being organised by the Ministry of Defence – will welcome dignitaries and heads of state from around the world to honour our veterans, and will include a flypast of RAF aircraft. Later, the city will wave off around 300 veterans and their guests, as they set sail for France to take in events along the Normandy beaches.
Programme of events: find out what is planned for 5-9 June 2019 in Portsmouth
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle said: ‘We are incredibly proud to be playing a part in honouring our veterans who made great sacrifices for us all 75 years ago. Hampshire played such a part in D-Day and Portsmouth is a city steeped in military history, so where better than to mark this very special anniversary?
“We have been working hard with the event organisers, local businesses and the community to help ensure we deliver a safe and successful event for everyone.
“We are deploying many different security tactics in and around the city, so I hope people are reassured and not alarmed by this activity.
It is all part of our policing operation to keep you safe.
“This policing operation will be among the largest in Hampshire Constabulary’s history with the commemorations expected to attract in excess of 60,000 people from around the world to Portsmouth. But while this is taking place in Portsmouth, I can reassure our communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that our response to incidents and day-to-day policing will not be affected.”
D-Day 75 Travel Information: plan your journey before travelling to or near Portsmouth.
Traffic is likely to be very heavy around Portsmouth from 5 to 9 June in the Portsmouth area.
On 5 June members of the public are being advised to use the D-Day 75 Park and Ride which is free. The normal Portsmouth City Council park & ride will continue to operate at normal charges. Walking routes will be also advertised and stewards will be directing.
On 6-9 June, members of the public are being urged to use public transport and the park & ride and not to drive into the city. Parking will be available for £10 (free for disabled and veterans). All public information relating to D-Day 75 is available on the Portsmouth City Council website.
ACC Hardcastle added: “You are our extra eyes and ears. If you see something that doesn’t look right, let us know and we will look into your concerns. Nobody knows your neighbourhood like you do, you are a valuable asset in helping us to detect and deter crime.”