POLICE officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be joining their colleagues at Gwent Police and South Wales Police to help support next week’s NATO summit.

The event will be held at the Celtic Manor resort in Gwent on Thursday, September 4 and Friday, September 5.

The scale of the event means that police officers from across the country will be at the summit to help keep it crime-free.

People are being told to expect to see a noticeable increase in the number of police officers in the area as police officers from around the country to police at the summit.

Hotels in the greater Bristol area and in Bath will be used by delegates and others associated with the summit and accommodation will be provided at various points in the force area to accommodate police officers from elsewhere in the country.

Speaking about the operation, superintendent Kevin Instance said: “We’ve been working hard to support our Welsh colleagues in delivering a safe NATO summit, and to make sure at the same time that policing on our own streets remains unaffected.

“There will be police officers from across the country in our area so people shouldn’t be surprised or worried if they see officers in the area with different caps and badges.

“At the moment, we don’t expect any major disruption in the city and we hope that communities will be able to go about their lives and daily business as usual without any impact from the summit.”