Extra Policing And Security In Place For Wimbledon Tennis

Including armed officers, plain-clothed police and emergency response reserves

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships begin this week and the Met Police have revealed that a wide range of policing tactics will be used to make sure the service fully plays its part in keeping this year's Championships secure.

This will include significant numbers of officers patrolling the local area, firearms officers and a highly mobile reserve that can respond to emerging incidents. Officers will be working in uniform and in plain clothes during the event.

Meanwhile local residents are being assured that they will continue to receive the same policing as usual during the course of The Championships as the Met confirms they are liaising with partners to minimise disruption to local communities.

Superintendent Jo Edwards, who is in charge of the policing of this year's Championships, says, "Hundreds of thousands of people descend on this corner of southwest London each year and have a great time at The Championships - that is exactly what we want this year.

"We have worked closely with the All England Lawn Tennis Club and other partners over many years, building up an excellent working relationship to ensure we deliver a safe and secure event.

"Each year we review and modify our plans based on a number of factors, including the threat level and recent event in London and the UK.

"The Met has unparalleled experience in policing big events and delivering a safe environment for people to come and enjoy themselves - that will be our job this year and one which we are looking forward to carrying out again this year."

Police advice ahead of The Championships for those intending to visit:
- Other than Ticketmaster, The All England Lawn Tennis Club does not have any authorised ticket-only agents who sell tickets on the internet. Never buy from touts in the street as you risk being sold a ticket that isn't genuine.

- Crowds can attract opportunistic thieves so always keep an eye on your belongings, and keep bags zipped, with phones out of sight.

- To help make your day out as easy as possible plan ahead and always check travel arrangements. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk and www.wimbledon.com.

- Where possible, please try to bring a single-compartment bag that meets the size specifications - this greatly assists in search and speed of entry.

- Follow @MPSMerton and @wimbledon to obtain up-to-date information throughout The Championships.

July 3, 2017