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Diversions and restrictions announced ahead of Conservative Party Conference

Police are preparing for 'one of the largest security operations of its kind' which will see restrictions in place in Birmingham. Credit: West Midlands Police

People living, working and travelling in and through Birmingham will face restrictions and diversions when the Conservative Party Conference arrives in the city later this month.

The event, due to run at The International Convention Centre ICC from September 30 to October 3, will see hundreds of officers from West Midlands Police on duty in the city to safeguard more than 11,000 delegates and visitors.

West Midlands Police said today it had been working with local businesses and traders to advise them of disruption.

It comes at a time when the city centre is already undergoing major regeneration.

Diversions - and an increased police presence - will be in place from Friday (September 21).

Key updates will be shared via the @brumpolice Twitter account.

  • Broad Street, Bridge Street and Cambridge Street will have restrictions and diversions for vehicles from September 21 to October 5
  • Extra armed and unarmed police will be visible around the conference site
  • A number of demonstrations are planned during the conference period
Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference. Credit: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.

Though the threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe, West Midlands Police have stressed there is no 'specific threat' to the conference.

It’s a monumental challenge with the UK Government moving to Birmingham, and 11,000 delegates and countless other visitors descending on our city.

– Chief Supt Dave Sturman, West Midlands Police