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Two thousand police officers deployed for Champions League final in Cardiff

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Two thousand police officers have been deployed in Cardiff as they city gets ready to welcome 170,000 people for the Champions League final.

The match is expected to be watched by a worldwide audience of more than 200 million people, and is the largest single sporting event to be held in the UK since the 2012 Olympics in London.

We will have in the region of 2,000 police officer deployments across Cardiff, with every officer fully aware of the huge task ahead and committed to ensuring residents and visitors to the capital have a safe and enjoyable experience.

We continue to advise people who don’t have tickets to the match to avoid travelling by car or public transport to the city centre due to the unprecedented influx of visitors we are expecting.

For those who have tickets, our advice is to allow extra time for travel and security checks and to remain vigilant throughout the day. You are also advised not to bring a bag to the stadium, there will bag drops across the city.

We are continuing to investigate the theft of 13 Champions League final tickets from a hotel near Cardiff Airport.

As well as appealing for any information about the theft, I’d like to remind the public that ticket-touting is a criminal offence, and that anyone buying tickets off the street runs the risk of being refused entry if those tickets turn out to be stolen.

Our policing style here in south Wales is professional but friendly and approachable – something we are immensely proud of and something which has really been embraced by the public this week.

The festival in Cardiff Bay over the last couple of days has demonstrated and reinforced the balance of safety, security and public enjoyment we have sought to facilitate.

As we look forward to the main event later today, that won’t change.

– ssistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis


Champions League final tickets stolen from Cardiff hotel

CCTV footage of a man police are keen to speak to. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police are appealing for information after Champions League final tickets were stolen from a hotel near Cardiff Airport yesterday afternoon.

Police are keen to remind people that ticket touting is illegal and that tickets bought off the street will not guarantee access to the stadium.


Cardiff residents told to expect loud bangs at midday

A Royal Gun Salute was fired in Cardiff in April to celebrate The Queen's birthday Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Welsh Army Reservists have issued a warning that they will fire a Royal Gun Salute at Alexandra Gardens at midday on Friday 2nd June to celebrate The Queen's coronation.

People are being warned to expect to hear loud bangs in the city centre.

Soldiers from C Troop 211 Battery, which forms part of 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, will fire the 21-gun salute.

They will be using blank ammunition from three 105mm light guns.

Cardiff Arms Park transforms to host world's media

Cardiff Arms Park has undergone a major transformation as it hosts the world's media ahead of the Champions League final.

This time lapse video shows the stadium going from pitch to parking lot.

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