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Armed police patrols planned for new aircraft carrier's Liverpool visit

HMS Prince of Wales. Credit: PA

Police in Liverpool say they will have armed officers patrolling the city centre for the visit of the UK's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales.

The vessel sails into the famous waterfront on Friday and is expected to attract huge crowds to the Pier Head during its weekend stay. 13,000 free tickets were offered online to those wanting to board the carrier.

Merseyside Police say they want everyone to have a "safe and enjoyable time." They add the presence of armed officers and police dogs is not a response to a "direct threat," but simply a way to keep the public safe at busy events.

Police say they want everyone to have a "safe and enjoyable time". Credit: PA

"This is a national police scheme to deter, detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places and sees the deployment of highly visible and covert police officers and staff. It should provide a visible reassurance for the thousands of people who will come to enjoy our fabulous city during the weekend."

– Superintendent Jonathan Davies, Merseyside Police

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