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Armistice parade organisers told they need diggers to help prevent terrorism

Organisers of one of the biggest Armistice Day parades say they've been told to block off roads with diggers in order to combat the threat of terrorism.

The Bedworth Armistice Day Parade Credit: BPM Media

Members of the Bedworth Armistice Day Parade Group say police have told them they need to blockade off four roads in the town centre if this year's procession is to take place.

They are now scrambling to try to find the large vehicles in time for the event on Saturday 11 November.

It is one thing after another, they said that we need to get JCBs or other large vehicles that can be locked to block off the main entrances, I thought it was the police’s job to be protecting us?

It is yet another job that we have to do to make sure that the parade can go ahead.

– Gil Leach, former chairman, Bedworth Armistice Day Parade Group
The event is the largest of its kind outside London Credit: BPM Media

Mr Leach said the group need a blockade at the entrance on Coventry Road and Park Road, one for Bulkington Road near to the old Post Office, one at Leicester Road and one by Mill Street and Newtown Road.

He said they had been lucky two people have offered large trailers, but they still need two more. He's urging people to arrive by 10am on the day as the town will be on lockdown.

Chief Inspector Daffyd Goddard from Warwickshire Police said the force was working with organisers to make sure the event was safe.

Security for such events is a matter for the organiser, however, we do offer advice regarding appropriate security, this advice considers the number of people attending, an understanding of the national threat level and any other local factors.

Due to incidents in this country and worldwide one suggestion made was to consider putting in place approved vehicle mitigation, it is then a decision for the organisers as to whether they adopt this advice.

Whilst there is no specific threat to either the event itself or in Warwickshire generally, we continue to advise the public to remain vigilant and report any concerns to police.

– Chief Inspector Daffyd Goddard, Warwickshire Police
Thousands attend the parade each year Credit: BPM Media

The Bedworth Armistice Day Parade has been honouring the fallen since 1921, and is the largest parade of its kind outside London.

Organisers say arranging blockades isn't the first obstacle they've had to face, as last year they had to plea for stewards to come forward to make sure the event could go ahead.

It sparked a huge response, including volunteers from Wasps Rugby Club, who offered to help out on the day.