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This year Brighton’€™s Pride is set to be one of the biggest and best yet and Sussex Police want to reassure everyone attending events in the city, as well as local residents and businesses, that we are working with organisers and partners to make sure it remains safe and welcoming for all.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: “€œMonths of preparation have taken place in the lead up to Pride and as in previous years, public safety is our main priority. We are taking all reasonable steps to ensure the wellbeing of those attending as well as minimising disruption to those going about their daily business.

“€œSimilarly to last year we will have a number of armed officers working across the city over the weekend and we will again be making use of the National Barrier Asset.

“As always, we ask that the public demonstrates a certain level of personal responsibility including things like taking care of belongings, following personal safety advice and flagging any issues or suspicious behaviour to event staff or police.

“With Pride organisers, we want to promote an inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere for all. We look forward to seeing you there and wish you a fun Pride 2017.”

Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton Pride CIC, added: “As we celebrate the milestone of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminaliastion of homosexuality in England and Wales, this year’s Pride is all set to be one of the best ever.

“Extensive planning takes place year-round between Brighton Pride CIC and our partners at Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council, ESFRS and SeaCamb. Our detailed event management plans are continuously updated to reflect all relevant advice and legislation and reviewed by all parties and a citywide Safety Advisory Group.

“Pride would like to thank our colleagues at Sussex Police and all our statutory partners for their support to Pride in our City and, as always, ask locals and visitors to Pride to be vigilant and look out for each other.

“Have an amazing Pride.”