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Increased patrols in Stratford as part of IAAF World Championships policing operation

As thousands of sporting fans begin to descend on the Queen Elizabeth Park for the IAAF World Championships London 2017, British Transport Police is stepping up patrols. 
 
Preparations for this global event have been underway for many weeks, alongside our key partners in the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London. 

Throughout the two week Championship, spectators will see enhanced patrols both at key stations as well as on trains and tubes to and from Stratford. These patrols will include officers from our Specialist Operations Command which will include firearms officers and search dogs. 

We’ll also be deploying our Behavioural Detection Officers who are specialists at detecting suspicious behaviour in busy environments. 

Superintendent Chris Horton from British Transport Police, said: “The recent tragic events throughout the UK remind us of the threat of terrorism. Whilst there is no direct intelligence to suggest the Championship is being targeted, the public can expect an enhanced overt and covert presence from our officers. 

“My officers will be out looking to engage with the public as they make their way to Queen Elizabeth Park – we’re there to reassure them and make sure they feel safe.”

As well as tackling the threat of terrorism, officers will also be out to target gangs and opportunist criminals who may look to prey on those attending the games. With large crowds set to attend, officers are asking spectators to be vigilant for any suspicious behaviour and keep a tight hold of their belongings

Supt Horton added: “Unfortunately, thieves will be on the look-out for mobile phones and bags and I would urge everyone to be extra vigilant. Keep a tight hold of your possessions and avoid leaving bags or items unattended on trains or platforms. 

“We’ll have extra officers working to target and disrupt criminal gangs and make sure that passengers have a smooth journey towards the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This event aims to showcase the best London has to offer and my team will be out to stop anyone intent on committing crime. 

“Passengers are the eyes and ears of the rail network and with many thousands of extra people traveling to Stratford, I’d urge them to stay vigilant and report concerns to us. Nothing should be considered too trivial or insignificant – report it to us and our expert police officers will investigate.”

Anyone can report crime or suspicious behaviour to BTP by simply, and discreetly, sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency always call 999.

Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement, said: “We want everyone travelling to and from the IAAF World Athletics Championships to have a safe journey and a brilliant time watching the events. The chances of falling victim or witnessing a crime on London’s transport are low, however with more people expected to travel on a number of our services over the next two weeks, we’ve been working alongside the police to ensure officers are at key locations providing both reassurance, and also a quick response if their help is needed. As always, I urge customers to stay vigilant, keep an eye on their belongings and if they spot anything suspicious, report it to the police or a member of our staff immediately.”

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