Police in Olympic relay tips and advice

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LINCOLNSHIRE Police have issued tips and advice to help keep the public safe when the Olympic Torch relay passes through the area later this month.

The relay will journey through a number of local towns and villages on Thursday, June 27.

And the police have urged people to beware thieves and also keep in mind that there will be a number of road closures.

“This will be a fantastic few days for Lincolnshire and we want as many people as possible to get involved and have a great time,” said a spokesperson.

“But we also want people to stay safe and be aware of some of the travel restrictions that will be in place.

“People do need to be aware that if they are traveling by car in the area of the torch, there will be a large number of road closures and significant delays.

“We will be monitoring the streets along the Olympic torch route to prevent crime as it passes by.

“Although so far there have been no specific crime trends associated with the torch relay, it is sensible for people to take care of their possessions in large crowds,” they added.

The force has issued a number of tips. These include fully zipping up bags and handbags and wearing them over your front if possible, and never keep your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket.

Also be wary of flashing smartphones around and cover your PIN when using a cash machine. If you feel someone is looking over your shoulder cancel the transaction and leave.

Other tips include registering mobile phones with immobilise at www.immobilise.com. It is a free online national property register that can help trace the owners of lost or stolen property. If you believe that any person may selling counterfeit goods during the relay contact Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards on Lincoln (01522) 782341.