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Police patrols begin at Silverstone ahead of F1 GP

A police dog at Silverstone Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have begun their security operation for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone.

More than 300,000 racing fans are expected to attend the Northamptonshire racing circuit over the next four days.

Armed officers will be in attendance at the event.

People going are being warned it may take longer to get into the circuit because of security checks.

We have police officers, PCSOs, specials and police staff working in many varied roles throughout the weekend to ensure racegoers have a great time in a safe environment.

They will be taking part in regular patrols of the circuit and campsites, as well as operating a ports service at the heliport, recording crime, monitoring traffic flow and engaging with spectators.

– Superintendent Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police

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F1 bosses brand Silverstone move as 'posturing'

F1 cars in action at the British Grand Prix Credit: PA Images

Fomula One bosses Liberty Media have issued a statement relating to Silverstone's notice to quit staging the race.

They've branded the move as 'posturing'

It said:

"The week leading up to the British Grand Prix should be a week of great celebration for F1 and Silverstone. We deeply regret that Silverstone has chosen instead to use this week to posture and position themselves and invoke a break clause that will take effect in three years' time.

"We offered to extend the current deadlines in order to focus on everything that is great about Silverstone and Formula 1. Regretfully the Silverstone management has chosen to look for a short-term advantage to benefit their position. Our focus is still to preserve the British Grand Prix. We will carry on negotiating with the promoter in good faith and in private to reach a fair and equitable solution."

– Liberty Media
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Weekend Picks: Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic: Fri 29th - Sun 31st July (Silverstone, Northamptonshire)

More than 10,000 cars will be on display over the weekend Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

More than 100,000 people are expected at Silverstone in Northamptonshire this weekend for the annual Silverstone Classic.

The event is the largest festival of classic cars in the world and celebrates historic British motor racing.

As well as action on the world famous Grand Prix track visitors will get full paddock access, watch track parades and displays from more than 10,000 cars over the weekend. There’ll also be interactive activities, demonstrations, live music, aerial displays and a vintage funfair.

“The Silverstone Classic now ranks as one of the world’s top motor racing festivals and being held at the home of British Motorsport only adds to the sense of occasion”.

– Nick Wigley, Goose Live Events

For opening times and more information visit: www.silverstoneclassic.com

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Delays for drivers heading to British GP

Police are warning of delays for anyone travelling to the British Grand Prix because of a crash on the A5 near Warwickshire.

Location of crash on A5 Credit: ITV News Central

The race at Silverstone in Northamptonshire starts at 1pm. The A5 is closed in both directions at Lilbourne due to a serious accident between Rugby Road and A428.

Police say the crash happened at 06:10 near to the Rugby Truck Stop.

Police praise fans who attended British MotoGP

Estrella Galicia's Scott Redding during the Octo British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police have praised the patience of fans who attended the British Moto GP at Silverstone in Northamptonshire over the weekend.

A record crowd of 73,000 people watched the race yesterday.

there were long delays as bikes and cars left the circuit.

Police said the traffic control operation had been successful.

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