Huge police operation planned for Trump visit

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A huge police and security operation will be in place as US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK.

The Metropolitan Police said it had "a very experienced command team" leading the operation as the force geared up to deal with the visit itself and expected protests.

Last year, almost 10,000 officers were deployed for Mr Trump's trip to the UK, with nearly every force in the country providing staff to support the operation.

During the state visit, which begins on June 3, protesters are again hoping to fly the Donald Trump blimp, which depicts the American leader as a baby, in London.

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet is also expected to make an appearance.

Supporters of Human Rights charity Amnesty will also unfurl five giant banners from Vauxhall Bridge, facing the US embassy, saying "Resist sexism", "Resist racism", "Resist hate", "Resist cruelty" and "Resist Trump".

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK section's director, said: "Trump has presided over two-and-a-half years of utterly shameful policies.

"Locking up child migrants, imposing a discriminatory travel ban, decimating global funding for women's rights and withdrawing from global human rights bodies - it's been a roll call of shame under Donald Trump's presidency."

The Met said officers have met with organisers of the Together Against Trump protest, who plan to gather in Trafalgar Square on June 4.

The 2018 Trump visit racked up an estimated bill of £18 million. Credit: PA

The force is in discussions to agree a route with the demonstrators, who wish to pass down Whitehall.

A section of the road will be closed off as part of the security operation around the president's visit.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "A very experienced command team is preparing the multi-faceted policing and security operation for the president's visit and whilst the Met has a responsibility to ensure the right to lawful protest this needs to be balanced with the complex requirements of this policing plan."

The Met has already staged a major policing operation around protests this year, with more than 10,000 officers deployed to deal with the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations that dominated parts of central London.

Police forces in the UK have experienced a drop of nearly 20,000 officers since 2010 and concerns over resources have come into sharp focus amid a recent surge in violent crime.

When Mr Trump's state visit was announced earlier this year, Simon Kempton from the Police Federation warned officers were already "run ragged" with extra work.