Leicestershire residents urged to plan ahead due to Richard III disruption

The procession takes place on Sunday Credit: ITV News Central

Residents in Leicestershire are being urged to plan ahead, as police are warning of disruption due to the Richard III procession.

The cortege will travel across the county and into Leicester on Sunday, for the start of reinterment week.

Bob Warman takes you through the route, and what will take place along the way:

The events begin with a private ceremony at Fenn Lane Farm in Upton, where the king is thought to have died. That is at 12.30pm on Sunday.

The cortege will then travel on to Dadlington, Sutton Cheney and Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, for a service at 2.30pm.

Richard III's remains will then visit Newbold Verdon at 4pm, before travelling to Desford on its way to the city centre.

The procession will enter Leicester via the Bow Bridge, where the king was said to have ridden from in 1485 out to the Battle of Bosworth Field.

There will be a short service at medieval St Nicholas Church at 4.50pm, before travelling through the city centre via High Street, the Clock Tower, Gallowtree Gate, Halford Street, Rutland Street, Pocklingtons Walk and Grey Friars.

At about 5.45pm the coffin will be handed over into the care of Leicester Cathedral, where it will lie in repose until Richard's reinterment on Thursday 26 March.

A computer generated image of the tomb in which Richard III will be reinterred Credit: van Heyningen and Haward Architects

Leicestershire Police say road closures will be in place along the route from about 4pm.

They advise that residents familiarise themselves with the route if they think it is likely to affect them, and allow extra time for journeys due to road closures, parking restrictions, rolling roadblocks and diversions that will all be in place.

If you want to see the cortege, police advise to find a safe space in one of the larger places on the route, such as Market Bosworth, and avoid smaller places like Dadlington and Sutton Cheney, where space and parking is limited.

Park and Ride services will be running from Enderby and Birstall on Sunday to help those who want to attend reinterment events in the city centre.