Preparations are under way at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport as it will host the 26th NATO Summit next month. It will see the leaders of the 28 countries in the alliance attend the summit on the 4th and 5th of September. President Obama of United States, Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Hollande of France will attend this year’s gathering to discuss the latest troubles and developments in the world. A huge topic I’m guessing is going to be about Russia and Ukraine and how that conflict is going to affect us here in Britain. It will be the biggest NATO Summit ever held, this obviously means there needs to be very high security around the Celtic Manor Resort, in the air and by road.
The officer in charge of policing the Summit in Newport said the operation will be bigger than the London Olympics and the protection they’ll need for the world’s leaders is ‘unprecedented in Britain’.
“It’s quite a complex operation to deliver, it involves road network, it involves a number of venues, and locations large number of people, movements on the road network.
We’ve got to be mindful of local communities and making sure disruption is kept to a minimum. I’ve heard some fairly grand rumours going around that we are going to shut the M4 for two days…we’re not.
There will be some disruption around the M4 almost certainly. We will endeavour to minimise that and make sure it is for a short time as possible but you can’t do something on this scale without a degree of disruption.“
– Assisant Chief Conn Chris Armitt
Thousands of officers from Wales and the rest of the police forces around the UK will be drafted in to help. There will be a temporary no fly zone across South Wales to ensure the safety of the leaders. The UK Civil Aviation authority (CAA) says the restrictions will be in place from 3rd-5th September and cover from Bristol in the east, to Bridgend in the west, Crickhowell in the north and the coast of Somerset in the south. The restricted area will extend up to 10,000ft.
Commercial flights to and from Bristol and Cardiff airports will not be affected.
The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) says the restriction has been brought in at the request of Gwent Police and South Wales Police and any aircraft entering the airspace without authorisation will be incepted by police air support.
The world will turn their attention to Newport on the 4th and 5th of September as Wales will host the largest ever NATO Summit. I will have special coverage and reports on the very latest developments from the Summit on those days that it is being held.
Thanks for reading. Diolch, enjoy your day!