POLICING plans for a major event in Henley are underway to ensure it is safe for visitors.

The Henley Royal Regatta will attract thousands of spectators to watch rowing from Tuesday, June 28 to Sunday, July 3.

Superintendent Colin Hudson, tactical commander for the Royal Regatta said: “Henley Royal Regatta is one of the biggest annual policing events within the Thames Valley which takes a great deal of planning and organisation.”

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Supt Hudson said they expect to see large numbers of visitors to Henley and advised people leave plenty of time for their journeys.

He added: “The Neighbourhood Policing team in Henley will be an integral part of the event and will be on hand to provide support to the local community as normal.

“In order to ensure that members of the public can enjoy the Regatta in a safe and secure environment, Thames Valley Police is also deploying several specialist teams for this operation, with a number of security measures put in place.”

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He also reminded the public to remain vigilant and to report anything unusual to an officer on site or call 101 or 999 in an emergency.