Sussex Police prepares for the Olympic torch relay

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THE Olympic Torch is due to arrive in Sussex on Monday (July 16) as part of its 70 day journey from Lands End to London.

Local authorities are responsible for the visit of the torch and Sussex Police will act in a supporting role.

More information about the torch relay route and precise timings for its journey are available on the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) website: www.london2012.com.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police will be working with local authorities to minimise any impact but there may be some delays, however, everything will be done to ensure as little disruption as possible.

“Motorists are asked to allow extra time for their journey around the time the torch passes through their community.”

Live updates

Sussex Police will be using #olympictorch on @sussex_police and a live log on www.sussex.police.uk/live to provide updates as the torch passes through the county.

Superintendent Grenville Wilson, of Sussex Police’s operations department, said: “The Olympic torch relay is a celebration of sport and we will be keeping the policing as discreet as possible.

“However, a proportionate policing response is in place, not only around the torch, but to ensure policing in our communities continues as normal.

“Residents and visitors to Sussex will not notice a difference in our day-to-day policing response.”

Coverage

More details of each part of the torch relay route will be published in the relevant editions of the Herald and Gazette and Observer series on Thursday (July 12).

On the day, our live coverage will use the following hash tags: #Worthingtorch #Adurtorch #Aruntorch #Chichestertorch and #MidPettorch.