Police issue Tar Barrels tweets

Ottery Tar Barrels 2011. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref sho 7206-45-11SH

Ottery Tar Barrels 2011. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref sho 7206-45-11SH

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Police will again be using Twitter to help visitors to Ottery Tar Barrels be aware of any safety issues.

Officer will use the social media website to give live updates during the annual event on Monday, November 5, which is likely to attract thousands of visitors to the town.

The Tar Barrels Committee is reminding visitors to be mindful of their own safety and follow the advice given by marshals on the night.

Each year around 15,000 people are attracted to Ottery to watch the flaming barrels being carried through the streets, and organisers want visitors to enjoy the event without putting themselves or others at significant risk.

Advice includes;

• Do not bring young children to the event – the town will be extremely busy.

• Do not try and touch the barrels

• If you do not wish to feel the heat of the barrels please move to a less congested area away from the main event.

• Visitors will only be allowed to park in designated car parks and the town will be closed off to all vehicles a few hours before the start of the event.

Police are working closely with other agencies, including fire and ambulance services to monitor the event, and if there is a safety issue visitors who have access via their mobile phones can view messages @DC_Police or via the hash tag #tarbarrels on Twitter.

Superintendent Glen Mayhew said: “This event has been going for many years and continues to grow in popularity.

“The appeal is the unique style of the event, but this and the number of people attended poses a challenge for event organisers.

“People attending need to check the official website to ensure the safety advice is followed.

“Please leave plenty of time for travelling, use the designated car parks and during the event please follow all the advice from organisers to ensure you and those around you have a good time and remain safe.”

The organisers will also have a public address system on the night in addition to the use of Twitter.

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