Wednesday, 19 September 2018

How police keep peace on busiest night

By David White

IT is 8pm on Saturday and I’m walking along Duke Street with Inspector Mark Harling, the head of Henley police.

It’s the eve of the fifth and final day of the 175th Henley Royal Regatta and the busiest night of the year in the town.

I ask him how many people he expects to be in the town centre tonight. “It could be 3,000 to 4,000,” replies Insp Harling.

It’s no wonder there are about 40 officers on duty with extra manpower having been drafted in from Berkshire and other parts of Oxfordshire.

We stop in Market Place, where he explains the approach of Thames Valley Police to the event.

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