Policing Minister Damien Green visited Addingham to discuss community policing preparations in advance of the arrival of the Tour de France this weekend.

Accompanied by Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins, Mr Green met Inspector Sue Sanderson of Wharfedale and Craven Neighbourhood Policing Team, and members of The Tour Addingham, committee which is organising an extensive range of events to celebrate the peloton’s arrival.

The Policing Minister was advised that the route would be bolstered by extra officers during race weekend and he praised the local community for getting behind the race.

Mr Hopkins said: “Addingham has a well-deserved reputation for excellent community relations. The Tour de France will see a large number of tourists come to the village to enjoy the race and the many other attractions that will be on offer, and the local police have a key role to play in ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

“I know that Damien welcomed the opportunity to be briefed on the policing plans, and also to hear about the vast amount of work that The Tour Committee and Addingham Civic Society have undertaken in preparation for what will surely be, two unforgettable days.”

Addingham Civic Society chairman, Jim Robinson, added: "The village has really come together under the leadership of Richard Hunter Rowe and his tour committee to prepare for what undoubtedly will be a fantastic weekend. I am delighted that the Civic Society has been able to play a part in helping and supporting the committee’s efforts."