Extra police on duty for King’s coronation

North Yorkshire Police says it will have extra officers on duty this weekend as the county celebrates the King’s coronation.

A large number of street parties, processions and community events are expected to take place across the three-day bank holiday weekend to mark this occasion.

As part of the celebrations licensed premises have been given an extension to their opening hours which will enable them to serve alcohol until 1am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The force said it was deploying additional officers to ensure that any instances of anti-social behaviour or criminal offences would be swiftly dealt with.

Senior officers say months of planning, led by the force’s planning department, has gone into this operation.

Police officers and staff have had duties changed and annual leave cancelled to ensure that there is enough resource to deal with the anticipated increased demand.

As part of the deployment several officers from North Yorkshire Police have also travelled to the capital to assist colleagues in the Metropolitan Police with the large-scale policing operation in the capital.

The operation’s Gold Commander, North Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Scott Bisset, said: “Across North Yorkshire and York, members of the public are looking forward to joining the rest of the country to mark this historic event.

“The safety of the public is of the utmost importance to us, so we’re increasing patrols to ensure that we can keep the public safe, deter anti social behaviour and maintain law and order.

“My plea to members of the public is please be sensible, plan your night and know your limits.

“I know that the vast majority of people will have a great weekend and won’t need the emergency services. For those that do, please be reassured that we will have extra officers and staff on duty and we will be allocating our resource to those that need it the most.”