PICTURES: Police and fire service open day in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 18:09 16 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:59 17 September 2019

PCs Hannah Clarke and Helen du Heaune on Rolo and Windsor. Picture: Jeremy Long

PCs Hannah Clarke and Helen du Heaune on Rolo and Windsor. Picture: Jeremy Long

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Thousands of people flocked to the headquarters of Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Avon Fire and Rescue Service for an open day at the weekend.

Police dog restraint demonstrations. Picture: Jeremy LongPolice dog restraint demonstrations. Picture: Jeremy Long

Exciting demonstrations of police skill and how to deal with emergency incidents were put on for the 7,000-strong crowd.

Visitors to the headquarters, in Valley Road, had the chance to get up close with the services' hi-tech equipment yesterday (Sunday).

The police dogs were also a hit with visitors.

Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire & Rescue Service, added: "This is a fantastic event and one that we look forward to every year.

Logan Edwards-Odell, aged six, with Portishead Cadet Leader Kirstie Mayers. Picture: Jeremy LongLogan Edwards-Odell, aged six, with Portishead Cadet Leader Kirstie Mayers. Picture: Jeremy Long

"We work tirelessly with our partners to ensure our communities are safe and that our service is as strong as possible."

The event has become somewhat of a fixture in the calendar in recent years and its appeal shows no sign of waning.

The tickets, which were sold online in three batches, were all snapped up in a matter of minutes.

A police spokesman tweeted the force's thanks to everyone who attended.

Dog Handler PC Neil Layland with Alfie, aged three, German sheppherd / Collie cross and Eva and Tia. Picture: Jeremy LongDog Handler PC Neil Layland with Alfie, aged three, German sheppherd / Collie cross and Eva and Tia. Picture: Jeremy Long

Ollie Chun, aged five, chatting with Sgt Nik Weeks of the Port of Bristol Police
. Picture: Jeremy LongOllie Chun, aged five, chatting with Sgt Nik Weeks of the Port of Bristol Police . Picture: Jeremy Long

The open day on Sunday. Picture: Jeremy LongThe open day on Sunday. Picture: Jeremy Long

The open day on Sunday. Picture: Jeremy LongThe open day on Sunday. Picture: Jeremy Long

Fire fighter Matt Rollings shows Teddy Thomas, aged two and his dad Chris. Picture: Jeremy LongFire fighter Matt Rollings shows Teddy Thomas, aged two and his dad Chris. Picture: Jeremy Long

Danika, aged three, and Dexter, aged four, look aroud a fire engine. Picture: Jeremy LongDanika, aged three, and Dexter, aged four, look aroud a fire engine. Picture: Jeremy Long

The open day was held in Portishead. Picture: Jeremy LongThe open day was held in Portishead. Picture: Jeremy Long

A riot demo
nstration. Picture: Jeremy LongA riot demo nstration. Picture: Jeremy Long

Crowds watching on. Picture: Jeremy LongCrowds watching on. Picture: Jeremy Long

A riot demo
nstration. Picture: Jeremy LongA riot demo nstration. Picture: Jeremy Long

A riot demo
nstration. Picture: Jeremy LongA riot demo nstration. Picture: Jeremy Long

Special Constable Roger Ball shows Amy Smith around a police car. Picture: Jeremy LongSpecial Constable Roger Ball shows Amy Smith around a police car. Picture: Jeremy Long

PC Ian Hudson from the roads policing unit shows Hugo Sheppard, aged three, and Freddie his police car
. Picture: Jeremy LongPC Ian Hudson from the roads policing unit shows Hugo Sheppard, aged three, and Freddie his police car . Picture: Jeremy Long

The open day was held in Portishead on Sunday. Picture: Jeremy LongThe open day was held in Portishead on Sunday. Picture: Jeremy Long

Erin Manson, aged eight, on a police motobike. Picture: Jeremy LongErin Manson, aged eight, on a police motobike. Picture: Jeremy Long

Police dogs on show. Picture: Jeremy LongPolice dogs on show. Picture: Jeremy Long

Police horses at the open day. Picture: PolicePolice horses at the open day. Picture: Police

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens with Chief Constable Andy Marsh. Picture: PolicePolice and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens with Chief Constable Andy Marsh. Picture: Police

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