Olympic Torch: Police hail “amazing” public spirit after Herculean operation

LINCOLNSHIRE Police has praised the area’s “amazing” community spirit after the Olympic Torch Relay went off without a hitch.

The force has moved to thank the public and its partners for helping to make the county’s biggest ever event a roaring success.

“More than a year of careful planning on the part of local authorities and the emergency services, coupled with an amazing sense of community spirit, enabled the most logistically challenging event Lincolnshire has ever seen to go without a hitch,” said a spokesperson.

Thousands of county residents lined the route and joined a wide range of fantastic cultural events and celebrations in our towns and villages.

“Despite the huge amount of people moving around the county and the massive crowds gathering in places like Skegness and Lincoln, crime and disruption was at an absolute minimal. Officers did not make a single Olympic celebration related arrest in Lincoln on the night,” they added.

“A fantastic sense of community was present from the very start as the torch entered the county at Louth.

“A really impressive crowd turned out at Skegness with tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers watching the torch pop onto the beach,” they added.

Police in the county revealed that Wednesday’s major operation saw officers working from aroudn 4am until 10.30pm and that, for the majority of the day, around 1,000 people were on duty, of which 400 were police officers, PCSOs and special constables.

The majority of this workforce helped line the route over its 112-mile journey.