M4 security ramped up ready for NATO summit

This Is Wiltshire: Police patrols will be stepped up along the M4 in the wake of the NATO conference in Newport Police patrols will be stepped up along the M4 in the wake of the NATO conference in Newport

WILTSHIRE Police officers will be on high alert along the M4 next week as delegates make their way to and from Swindon for the NATO summit in Newport under threat of disruption from activists.

A massive security operation is under way, stretching from Swindon to Swansea, to secure the 230-mile route to the two-day conference and protect the largest number of world leaders to visit Britain at one time.

The sheer number of delegates – there are 28 NATO member states and 39 partner countries, each sending about 30 people – and their respective demands has meant hotels in Newport and Cardiff have been unable to cater for everyone.

Delegates are expected in Swindon throughout next week, with the M4 seen as the ideal route in and out of Celtic Manor resort, but police are anticipating protests and disruption along the motorway.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Wiltshire Police will be providing support to the policing element of the NATO summit in September.

“These resources are in addition to officers being sent in conjunction with Gloucestershire Constabulary and Avon & Somerset Police as part of the Tri-Force agreements.”

Gwent Police is co-ordinating the operation for the summit, which will run across next Thursday and Friday.

A spokeswoman said: “As part of the NATO summit policing operation, Wiltshire, like every police force in the UK, will provide support and mutual aid officers to assist in one of the largest ever UK policing operations.

“We have previously confirmed that over 8,000 mutual aid officers will assist officers from Gwent and South Wales Police to provide safety and security for the summit, which has an operational footprint which extends from Swindon in the east to Swansea in the west.

“For operational reasons we won’t break down how many officers are being deployed from respective forces and the specific roles they are contributing.

“However, officer deployments are co-ordinated nationally to ensure that every force is able to ensure day-to-day policing of their respective areas is unaffected by any NATO summit commitments.

“Policing of the M4 is an important part of the operation and appropriate safety and security planning has been undertaken to ensure the road remains open during the summit and any disruption to the public is minimised.”

Adam Flint, the general manager at the Swindon Marriott Hotel, was approached by agents last September for bookings throughout the week of the summit, but no firm reservations materialised.

He said he was not aware of delegates staying in Swindon, but knew the town had been looked at as an option for those struggling for space in Wales.

“We have got no one on our books coming in,” he said. “If I have got the odd person coming, I wouldn’t know them from Adam. The agents told us they initially wanted 60 rooms across five nights, but when we came to ask for a fee they failed to come back, so we released the rooms in April, if not before.”

Steve Jones, the general manager at Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, said they had no delegates staying at their hotel.

Hilton Swindon would neither confirm nor deny any delegates would be staying there.

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7:45am Sat 30 Aug 14

stu2010 says...

It's a shame the police couldn't be on the M4 two weeks ago when I was off on my holidays. The standard of driving was dreadful. It comes to something when even I admit that the best drivers that day were caravaners
It's a shame the police couldn't be on the M4 two weeks ago when I was off on my holidays. The standard of driving was dreadful. It comes to something when even I admit that the best drivers that day were caravaners stu2010
  • Score: 11

7:57am Sat 30 Aug 14

Tommyvercetti says...

Now remember NATO cronies there's a £6.50 bridge fee to pay....Or is that just for us plebs?
Now remember NATO cronies there's a £6.50 bridge fee to pay....Or is that just for us plebs? Tommyvercetti
  • Score: 28

9:26am Sat 30 Aug 14

Mukkin says...

stu2010 wrote:
It's a shame the police couldn't be on the M4 two weeks ago when I was off on my holidays. The standard of driving was dreadful. It comes to something when even I admit that the best drivers that day were caravaners
Don't worry Stu, this wasn't unique, the driving standards on the M4 are dreadful everyday.
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: It's a shame the police couldn't be on the M4 two weeks ago when I was off on my holidays. The standard of driving was dreadful. It comes to something when even I admit that the best drivers that day were caravaners[/p][/quote]Don't worry Stu, this wasn't unique, the driving standards on the M4 are dreadful everyday. Mukkin
  • Score: 7

10:11am Sat 30 Aug 14

greenpacer says...

Not just on the M4 either. I was coming on to the Cockleberry Roundabout on Thursday night from the East end of Great Western Way when some idiot shoots out from Whitehouse Road onto the roundabout cutting me up and disappears speeding off. The road was wet , I had to brake and all of a sudden my van skidded. If it had'nt been for my driving skill I could have turned over at the worst. Remember you idiots out there your supposed to give way at junctions and use your indicators properly too !!!
Not just on the M4 either. I was coming on to the Cockleberry Roundabout on Thursday night from the East end of Great Western Way when some idiot shoots out from Whitehouse Road onto the roundabout cutting me up and disappears speeding off. The road was wet , I had to brake and all of a sudden my van skidded. If it had'nt been for my driving skill I could have turned over at the worst. Remember you idiots out there your supposed to give way at junctions and use your indicators properly too !!! greenpacer
  • Score: -1

1:01pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Eastend Hedgehog says...

I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.
I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable. Eastend Hedgehog
  • Score: 3

3:17pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Eastend Hedgehog says...

Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.
Chill out people. Life is too short.
[quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.[/p][/quote]Chill out people. Life is too short. Eastend Hedgehog
  • Score: 6

4:55pm Sat 30 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.
Chill out people. Life is too short.
Sadly for a couple of thousand people a year theirs is shortened even further either by their own misjudgement/stupidi
ty or innocent victims of others. I wonder how different your post might have been if your family had been wiped out by a drunk driver? Sometimes you really need to think about others before you joke about death.
[quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.[/p][/quote]Chill out people. Life is too short.[/p][/quote]Sadly for a couple of thousand people a year theirs is shortened even further either by their own misjudgement/stupidi ty or innocent victims of others. I wonder how different your post might have been if your family had been wiped out by a drunk driver? Sometimes you really need to think about others before you joke about death. house on the hill
  • Score: -4

11:12pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Zero0 says...

stu2010 wrote:
It's a shame the police couldn't be on the M4 two weeks ago when I was off on my holidays. The standard of driving was dreadful. It comes to something when even I admit that the best drivers that day were caravaners
Worst driving this year, police patrol driver coming off Jn 15, if anything gets me to fit camera, this would. Possible 2 accidents in 200 yds. Complete moron.
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: It's a shame the police couldn't be on the M4 two weeks ago when I was off on my holidays. The standard of driving was dreadful. It comes to something when even I admit that the best drivers that day were caravaners[/p][/quote]Worst driving this year, police patrol driver coming off Jn 15, if anything gets me to fit camera, this would. Possible 2 accidents in 200 yds. Complete moron. Zero0
  • Score: 5

11:31am Sun 31 Aug 14

chrisward2011 says...

Tommyvercetti wrote:
Now remember NATO cronies there's a £6.50 bridge fee to pay....Or is that just for us plebs?
May I offer you some sauce for that chip on your shoulder sir?
[quote][p][bold]Tommyvercetti[/bold] wrote: Now remember NATO cronies there's a £6.50 bridge fee to pay....Or is that just for us plebs?[/p][/quote]May I offer you some sauce for that chip on your shoulder sir? chrisward2011
  • Score: -3

4:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Well, that went well 😆

The debates in the local paper here manage to stay on topic 😃
Well, that went well 😆 The debates in the local paper here manage to stay on topic 😃 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.
Chill out people. Life is too short.
Those Badgers always staying out late and making trouble.
[quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.[/p][/quote]Chill out people. Life is too short.[/p][/quote]Those Badgers always staying out late and making trouble. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Sun 31 Aug 14

benzss says...

Wow, once again I wonder if I live in a different world from the average Adver commenter.

In my world, 99.9% of drivers are just fine. In the Adver Commenter's world, you'd be lucky if you get 50/50 and carnage every other day.
Wow, once again I wonder if I live in a different world from the average Adver commenter. In my world, 99.9% of drivers are just fine. In the Adver Commenter's world, you'd be lucky if you get 50/50 and carnage every other day. benzss
  • Score: -3

5:42pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Mukkin says...

benzss wrote:
Wow, once again I wonder if I live in a different world from the average Adver commenter.

In my world, 99.9% of drivers are just fine. In the Adver Commenter's world, you'd be lucky if you get 50/50 and carnage every other day.
Try leaving your bungalow, turning out of your cul de sac and do some real distances and your experiences may be a little different, how many miles do you drive a year and how many large cities and towns do you visit, tried driving to London / M25/ M4 when it's peak time? Thought not, pension days down to the post office are easy lol
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Wow, once again I wonder if I live in a different world from the average Adver commenter. In my world, 99.9% of drivers are just fine. In the Adver Commenter's world, you'd be lucky if you get 50/50 and carnage every other day.[/p][/quote]Try leaving your bungalow, turning out of your cul de sac and do some real distances and your experiences may be a little different, how many miles do you drive a year and how many large cities and towns do you visit, tried driving to London / M25/ M4 when it's peak time? Thought not, pension days down to the post office are easy lol Mukkin
  • Score: 6

9:01am Mon 1 Sep 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

The Gravy Train continues.......
The Gravy Train continues....... A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 3

10:02am Mon 1 Sep 14

Osiris says...

greenpacer wrote:
Not just on the M4 either. I was coming on to the Cockleberry Roundabout on Thursday night from the East end of Great Western Way when some idiot shoots out from Whitehouse Road onto the roundabout cutting me up and disappears speeding off. The road was wet , I had to brake and all of a sudden my van skidded. If it had'nt been for my driving skill I could have turned over at the worst. Remember you idiots out there your supposed to give way at junctions and use your indicators properly too !!!
By your own admittion, you failed to antipate and yield to traffic approaching from the right on a roundabout? Really?
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: Not just on the M4 either. I was coming on to the Cockleberry Roundabout on Thursday night from the East end of Great Western Way when some idiot shoots out from Whitehouse Road onto the roundabout cutting me up and disappears speeding off. The road was wet , I had to brake and all of a sudden my van skidded. If it had'nt been for my driving skill I could have turned over at the worst. Remember you idiots out there your supposed to give way at junctions and use your indicators properly too !!![/p][/quote]By your own admittion, you failed to antipate and yield to traffic approaching from the right on a roundabout? Really? Osiris
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Eastend Hedgehog says...

house on the hill wrote:
Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
Eastend Hedgehog wrote:
I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.
Chill out people. Life is too short.
Sadly for a couple of thousand people a year theirs is shortened even further either by their own misjudgement/stupidi

ty or innocent victims of others. I wonder how different your post might have been if your family had been wiped out by a drunk driver? Sometimes you really need to think about others before you joke about death.
Who died? Did i miss something? The story isn't about anyone being killed, it's about the Police monitoring the M4 for these so called "important" people.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastend Hedgehog[/bold] wrote: I couldn't believe it when i was driving down the Wanborough Road. Bloody Harry Hedgehog decided to jump out in front of me. How i managed to stay on the road, god knows. And then about 200 yards later, Cyril the Squirrel came out from nowhere. Again, i don't know how i manged to stay on the road. I was just waiting for the Badger that attacked the cyclist a few weeks ago to come out of hiding and have a go. Unbelievable.[/p][/quote]Chill out people. Life is too short.[/p][/quote]Sadly for a couple of thousand people a year theirs is shortened even further either by their own misjudgement/stupidi ty or innocent victims of others. I wonder how different your post might have been if your family had been wiped out by a drunk driver? Sometimes you really need to think about others before you joke about death.[/p][/quote]Who died? Did i miss something? The story isn't about anyone being killed, it's about the Police monitoring the M4 for these so called "important" people. Eastend Hedgehog
  • Score: 3

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