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Tory op

Ahead of this week’s Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, West Midlands Police have spoken of the security operation.

Months in the planning, it has involved working with Birmingham City Council, Marketing Birmingham, the International Convention Centre, the Hyatt and others.

On Thursday, October 4,work began to secure the Hyatt and ICC ahead of the start of the conference, which will involve a number of road restrictions.

The mall through the ICC is closed to the public all conference. The area around the building, including Centenary Square, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the section of Broad Street between Canal Street and Paradise Forum has seen some changes to access for traffic.

Nearby residents and businesses were sent a letter explaining how they will be affected by the security operation. The information is also available on the Birmingham City Council website.

The restrictions will be lifted and the security operation will scale down when the conference ends on Wednesday, October 10.

Motorists are urged to allow extra time for their journey if they are travelling into the city centre. West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, who is leading the operation, said: “We are proud to be able to play our part in this event and are confident that we will provide a safe and secure environment for all those who attend the conference and for everyone who lives and works in Birmingham.”


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