SPECIALIST searches and more officers around town -- these are just two of the ways Thames Valley Police is rolling out security measures ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip.

On Saturday (April 17) Windsor will host the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday, April 9.

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Ahead of the event, TVP has been keeping people in the town safe through a range of actions, including:

  • An increased police presence
  • Dog-searches in areas across the town, including in phone boxes, drains and bins
Dogs will search through bins and letter boxes. Images via Thames Valley Police

Dogs will search through bins and letter boxes. Images via Thames Valley Police

  • Police patrols in the town centre, on the Long Walk and Home Park

Residents have been advised that if they have any concerns or questions, they can approach police officers.

This comes as TVP earlier announced they would be carrying out increased vehicle checks in the days leading up to the funeral.

Dogs will search through bins and letter boxes. Images via Thames Valley Police

Dogs will search through bins and letter boxes. Images via Thames Valley Police

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This will be done through Automatic Number Plate Recognition, which can be used to trigger warnings for police who can then carry out checks on the vehicles.

Royal borough mayor John Story said the funeral was a “big honour” for the district but urged well-wishers to stay away from Windsor.

Dogs will search through bins and letter boxes. Images via Thames Valley Police

Dogs will search through bins and letter boxes. Images via Thames Valley Police

He said if anyone comes to Windsor “there will be nothing to see” and they should instead comply with official advice not to gather in large groups in public places.

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A Thames Valley Police spokesman said it is understood that people will want to pay their respects during this time of national mourning, but added: “We would ask that the public respect the royal household’s wishes and the Government advice by not visiting royal residences or gathering in public, in order to protect each other and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

“Additional officers will be patrolling Windsor town centre along with the surrounding area to help provide reassurance and keep local residents, businesses and people safe.”