Police warns fans to stay away from Silverstone

Fans have been warned by the police to stay away from Silverstone when it hosts its two Formula 1 races in August, as their presence could jeopardise the events going ahead.

With F1 beginning its season with closed door events that spectators are banned from, there are concerns that supporters may still try to get close to venues to watch the action from nearby vantage points.

Ahead of Silverstone hosting the British GP on August 2 and the 70th Anniversary GP the following weekend, local police have made it clear that any such gathering at the venue by fans will not be tolerated and could force the events to be called off.

In a statement issued by the Northamptonshire Police, it warned: “The event organisers have put strict and robust measures in place to minimise the risk of infection and to protect the race personnel, event staff and the local community.

“Any uncontrolled gathering of people in the area would not only compromise the event but the entire Formula 1 season.”

British GP boss Stuart Pringle, who has worked hard with F1 chiefs to get the two Silverstone events to go ahead, backed up the police’s request for fans to stay away.

“The British Formula 1 fans are the most passionate in the world but we ask that they do not attempt to travel to the Silverstone area over these first two weekends in August,” he said.

“2020 is unique and so many sacrifices have already been made by so many. However, as a motorsport community, we must work together to avoid compromising the Formula 1 season and to help Silverstone protect its neighbours.”

Event commander Superintendent Dennis Murray added that there would be tight controls around the circuit and any fans trying to get near the track would be turned away.

“We completely understand fans may be tempted to be close to the circuit for the races but unfortunately that will not be possible this year and access to the local area will be extremely restricted,” he said.

“I am urging fans to enjoy these events from home as it will not be permissible, or in fact possible, to spectate from the perimeter fences. Anybody attempting to do so will be turned away by Silverstone security who will be tightly controlling these areas, or my officers.

“Though the races are being held behind closed doors, the security measures we are putting in place will be as stringent as ever. We are working alongside the circuit to deliver two safe events for both the participants, their teams and our local communities.”

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Police crackdown on bikers on LPT – 600 stopped –

Police cracked down on motorcycle riders speeding on the East Coast Highway (LPT) over the weekend, closing off the road entirely and diverting them for a check. This occurred at the R&R stations at Lanchang and Chenor in Pahang.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the operation, dubbed Ops Tutup Khas went on for three hours, reports Berita Harian. Speaking to the press, Traffic Police Investigation department assistant director I Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain, said 600 riders and their motorcycles were examined during operation.

358 summons were issued for various traffic offences and 20 motorcycles were seized. Involving 12 officers and 52 police personnel, assisted by five Department of Environment staff and 10 member of the National Anti Drug Agency, riders were examined for compliance to traffic regulation and their motorcycles for legal compliance, including noise restrictions.

Amongst offences committed were expired licence and road tax as well as illegal modifications. “What I regret most is some of the rider were riding without a rear brake. This is dangerous not only to themselves but also other road users, ” said Nadzri.

Meanwhile, three riders were found to be under the influence of narcotics while seven others were caught for environmental offences. “Many of these riders are youth and we advise them if they are interested in racing the highway is not the place but take it to Sepang instead,” Nadzri said.

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