Police have warned of crowds and traffic delays ahead of the Henley Royal Regatta this week. 

The event attracts thousands of spectators to watch world class rowing over a six day period.

This year the Regatta will run from tomorrow (June 27) until Sunday (July 2). 

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Thames Valley Police officers will be on hand throughout the week to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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Superintendent Colin Hudson, tactical commander for the Royal Regatta said: “Henley Royal Regatta is one of the biggest policing events within the Thames Valley and takes a great deal of planning and organisation.

“The Neighbourhood Policing team in Henley will be an integral part of the event and will be on hand to provide support to the local community as normal.

"In order to ensure that members of the public can enjoy the Regatta in a safe and secure environment, Thames Valley are also deploying several specialist teams for this operation, with a number of security measures put in place.

“We expect to see a large number of visitors to Henley, which will increase traffic and congestion throughout the town centre so we ask that motorists be patient and mindful.

"Remember to leave plenty of time for your journeys, and to carefully follow the appropriate signs to the allocated car parks.

“We would like to remind members of the public to remain vigilant and if you see or hear anything unusual then please report to an officer on site or by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”