Nato summit week draws to close with military open day

Military organisers estimated that 70,000 people attended a 'Meet the Forces' day in Cardiff Bay on Sunday, at the end of the Nato summit Wales week.

Police have hailed the security operation - the largest the UK has ever seen - as a success, with 31 arrests made in total.

World leaders including Barack Obama left Wales on Friday, praising Newport and Cardiff for a warm welcome.

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NATO Summit to be 'biggest security operation' in UK

The cost of security for the summit is to be announced after it's concluded Credit: PA/Ben Birchell

The NATO summit is to be one of the biggest security operations ever seen in the UK. That's according to a leading security consultant.

Over 9,500 police officers have been drafted in from 43 different forces.

The operation has taken months of preparation with areas forensically searched and secured.

A wide range of police expertise is being used to cover the summit including; armed police, the military, sniffer dogs and horses.

43 forces have been brought in to police the summit Credit: PA

Part of the security measures has involved putting up 12 miles of nine foot high fencing around the Celtic Manor Resort and areas in Cardiff.

Other preparations have included security tags being placed on drains and manholes close to government buildings.

Meanwhile, 20,000 anti-NATO protesters are expected in Newport during the summit.

There are fears there could be unrest as seen at the previous alliance meeting in Chicago two years ago.

Miles of steel fencing has been placed around the Celtic Manor Resort Credit: PA

It's a massive operation given that two years ago in Chicago, a NATO conference there, we witnessed major public disorder and there's very likely to be public disorder here in Wales. We are a democratic country and we allow peaceful protests. Whether they will be peaceful or not is a matter to wait for.

– Ken Wharfe, security consultant

The cost of policing the NATO summit is only due to be announced after it's finished.

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