West Midlands Police is gearing up for the return of the Frankfurt Christmas Market this week for its 20th year in Birmingham.
The internationally renowned market opens for business in the city centre tomorrow (Thursday 7 November) with up to five million people expected to sample its festive delights.
As normal, officers will be on patrol ensuring that visitors and stallholders remain as safe as possible, with plain clothed officers working alongside those in uniform and local BID officers to identify anybody breaking the law.
Officers will be also be working closely with market security staff and stall holders to share information during a daily briefing, while Safer Travel police teams will be patrolling buses, trains and trams going both in and out of the city.
Superintendent Jack Hadley responsible for policing at this year’s Frankfurt Christmas Market , said: "As always, we can’t wait to welcome the Frankfurt Christmas Market and the millions of visitors it attracts each year.
“I want to reassure the public that my officers will be in and around the market keeping the public safe and will also be on hand to help anybody who has any concerns.
"Whilst the Christmas Market is a fantastic attraction that will bring joy to millions of people, we also know that a tiny minority of individuals may be out to commit crime - particularly pickpocket style offences.
“Throughout the year armed officers are stationed in the city centre on standby and ready to respond to an incident. This will be no different over the 2019 festive period.
"With such a vast amount of people visiting the market , we would encourage people to remain alert and to tuck away personal belongings. Mobile phones, wallets and purses are all potential targets for pickpockets so please pay particular attention to the safety of such items.
“I want everyone who comes to visit to have a good time so I would encourage people to stay safe and enjoy."
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