Lon­don rings in the new year

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS gath­ered on the banks of the Thames and mil­lions more tuned in on tele­vi­sion as Big Ben rang in the New Year.

The Mayor’s fire­work event was once again sold out and Lon­don­ers were treated to an­other spectacular dis­play.

The Met Po­lice had been work­ing with the Mayor’s of­fice, British Trans­port Po­lice, West­min­ster City Coun­cil and other groups to keep the event run­ning smoothly. Around 3,000 of­fi­cers were ex­pected to be on duty across cen­tral Lon­don to pre­vent crime and dis­or­der.

Speak­ing be­fore the event, Det Supt Phil Lang­wor­thy, the Met’s spokesman for New Year’s Eve, said: “It is an ex­cit­ing time of the year and we want all who come to cen­tral Lon­don to have a good time.

“Of­fi­cers have been plan­ning New Year’s Eve for sev­eral months and that plan re­mains un­der con­stant re­view. This is not as a re­sult of any spe­cific in­tel­li­gence.

“Of­fi­cers will be out and about to de­ter crim­i­nals and keep crowds safe, but we need you to do your bit to look af­ter your­self and those around you as well.”

Last year the Met Po­lice also in­creased its armed pres­ence in the cap­i­tal.

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