Police praise Open visitors

Crowds at The Open. Picture: Paul Heaps

Crowds at The Open. Picture: Paul Heaps

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MERSEYSIDE Police has thanked the golf spectators who attended the Open Championship for helping to make the event a huge success.

Four people were arrested during the seven days while more than 200,000 people enjoyed the relax and friendly atmosphere of the event.

Offices worked closely with colleagues in partner agencies including the R&A – who had overall responsibility for security – Royal Liverpool Golf Course, Wirral Council and the local community.

After the event – which took 18 months worth of planning – Chief Superintendent John Martin said: “We are delighted with the way things have gone over the last week.

“The crowd were good natured and well behaved and a good time seems to have been had by the vast majority of spectators, who were not put off by the sweltering heat, or the rainy conditions on Saturday.

“This is a world-wide event which has brought visitors from all over the world to Hoylake.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and helped to make the event such a success.

“I would also like to acknowledge the professionalism of the police officers, R&R staff, marshalls and volunteers, involved in the event over the last week.”

He added: “There were four arrests made in the seven days but this did not detract from the overwhelmingly friendly and good natured atmosphere of the event.”

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2:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

rover600 says...

Praise too needs to go to the hard working teams of Mersey Rail both in Liverpool and stations en route to Hoylake Station. I witnessed the staff at Hoylake Station for several hours over the weekend, passengers/visitors arrived safely and were smoothly exited the station over a temporary bridge. British Transport Police in attendance were as polite, jovial and as professional too.
Given I understand that up to 11,000 visitors a day passed through the (Hoylake) station twice this was no mean feat. Comments in other papers blaming Mersey rail for delays on the final day due to a train breaking down just after Manor road are appalling. Even with this problem delays were minimal, extra trains were laid on all with six instead of the usual three carriages. Its not rocket science that getting 11,000 people away from such an event was going to be a lengthy process breakdown or no breakdown.

Congratulations to all involved.
Praise too needs to go to the hard working teams of Mersey Rail both in Liverpool and stations en route to Hoylake Station. I witnessed the staff at Hoylake Station for several hours over the weekend, passengers/visitors arrived safely and were smoothly exited the station over a temporary bridge. British Transport Police in attendance were as polite, jovial and as professional too. Given I understand that up to 11,000 visitors a day passed through the (Hoylake) station twice this was no mean feat. Comments in other papers blaming Mersey rail for delays on the final day due to a train breaking down just after Manor road are appalling. Even with this problem delays were minimal, extra trains were laid on all with six instead of the usual three carriages. Its not rocket science that getting 11,000 people away from such an event was going to be a lengthy process breakdown or no breakdown. Congratulations to all involved. rover600
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5:33pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Thepleb says...

Congratulations also needs to go too local people not one bit interested in the golf who have had travel disruption,kids schools closed early and traffic guidance from jumped up Hitler's in yellow bibs who the council gave the controls too to change the lights at the top of Saughall Massie lane to allow the Pringle sports cap wearing golf sheep access and leave the rest of us locals on the way to work or taking kids to school stranded, good riddance.
Congratulations also needs to go too local people not one bit interested in the golf who have had travel disruption,kids schools closed early and traffic guidance from jumped up Hitler's in yellow bibs who the council gave the controls too to change the lights at the top of Saughall Massie lane to allow the Pringle sports cap wearing golf sheep access and leave the rest of us locals on the way to work or taking kids to school stranded, good riddance. Thepleb
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