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Update: Police ramp up security in preparation for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams
Police ramp up security in preparation for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral

April 15, 11.50am

Thames Valley Police Mounted Section is carrying out patrols as part of security preparations in and around Windsor ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Mounted Section is already patrolling the town centre, along with the surrounding area, to help provide reassurance to the public, local residents and businesses.

Residents with any questions or concerns are advised they can freely talk to police officers.


Hostile vehicle mitigation measures remain in place around Windsor as Thames Valley Police continues to work to ensure public safety in the days leading up to the funeral of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Local residents and businesses may have noticed an increased police presence in the town in recent days, which is part of many visible and not so visible security measures in place.

The HVM measures are designed to prevent vehicles from causing a danger to the public, and are permanently installed in Windsor.

This type of activity is business as usual for our officers in the town, and is part of the force’s work to make sure everyone in Windsor is safe during this period of national mourning.

April 13, 2.30pm

Thames Valley Police is carrying out specialist searches in and around Windsor as preparations continue for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Officers and dogs have been searching in areas across the town as part of numerous security measures ahead of the funeral on Saturday, April 17.

They have been searching street furniture, including phone boxes, drains, bins and other items, as well as carrying out patrols in the town centre, the Long Walk and Home Park.

Thames Valley Police has invited residents to ask any of its officers questions, should you have any queries or concerns.

Thames Valley Police has said there will be an ‘increased police presence’ and a range of security measures in place in the run-up to the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral this Saturday, April 17.

The Ceremonial Royal Funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

In line with the Royal Household’s wishes and Government advice, Thames Valley Police is asking the public not to gather at Royal residences and to continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and minimising travel.

During this time of national mourning, there is an increased police presence and a broad range of security measures in place in and around Windsor.

Some of these measures are visible, such as the 'extensive network' of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, CCTV, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers and mounted police – while some measures are unseen.

If a vehicle triggers the ANPR technology, a separate unit parked nearby will be deployed and will stop the driver if necessary.

The work is being carried out by officers from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing. The Commercial Vehicle Unit will also be checking lorries, including their loads, licences and driver hours.

Thames Valley Police assistant chief constable Ben Snuggs, strategic commander for the funeral, said: "We understand that people will want to pay their respects to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and to the Royal Family during this time of national mourning.

"However, we would ask that the public respect the Royal Household’s wishes and the Government advice by minimising travel and not gathering in groups.

"Instead, we would ask people to use the online book of condolence which has been set up by the Royal Household.

"There will continue to be a police presence in Windsor in the lead up to and on the day of the funeral as part of our measures to ensure public health and safety and protective security."

Thames Valley Police is currently carrying out high visibility patrols in Windsor.

Local residents, businesses and visitors will notice an increased police presence, including armed officers.

Additional officers will be patrolling the town centre and the surrounding area to help provide reassurance and keep local residents, businesses and visitors safe.

Officers will be engaging with members of the public and are on hand to answer questions.

Inspector Matt Lugg, who is co-ordinating the patrols, said: “We are expecting an increase of people in Windsor over the coming days and so these patrols are all part of our measures to ensure public health and safety during this time of national mourning.”

“We would remind people remain vigilant and if they have any concerns or questions to approach us.”

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