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 Police Look at Contingency Plans

Police are drawing up contingency plans in case the TT is cancelled. The motorbike festival is the force's busiest period and planning for this year's event is already well advanced. But with the possibility it won't go ahead officers are having to rethink preparations.

Chief Inspector Dave Bell, who is in charge of operations, said: 'We are planning in the normal way, but we have also had to draw up contingency plans for different scenarios. 'The expectation is that, even if it is cancelled, a number of people will come. We have to have some contingency planning for what we'll do in that event.' He said officers are in discussion with the Department of Tourism and Leisure about what entertainment will be laid on for visitors if the event doesn't go-ahead.

Mr Bell said a large number of visitors arriving in the Island without the usual TT attractions, including the racing, entertainment and special events, will present new challenges. 'The difficulties will depend on what level of entertainment there is,' he said. 'The officers' biggest problems will be if a number of motorcyclists turn up and the only thing open for them to use is the open roads. 'That could present problems.

We depend on the entertainment to reduce the level of vehicles on the road at any one time. 'If there wasn't the supporting entertainment traffic would be running at a higher level. 'We are looking at it on a daily basis and eagerly awaiting news.'

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