Silverstone GP faces major disruption as police tipped off about 'dangerous' threat

Police have uncovered “credible intelligence” to suggest protests could invade SIlvertsoen during the British Grand Prix. Officers warned the protesters plan to “disrupt the event” and have urged individuals to not put themselves at risk.

Chief Inspector Tom Thompson said: “We have received credible intelligence that a group of protestors are planning to disrupt the event and possibly invade the track on race day. First of all, I want to appeal directly to this group of people and strongly urge you to not put yourselves, the drivers, as well as the many marshals, volunteers and members of the public, at risk.

“Going onto a live racetrack is extremely dangerous – if you go ahead with this reckless plan you are jeopardising lives.”

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The British Grand Prix has previously been attacked by protestors with Father Cornelius Horan running on the track during the 2003 race. The priest took to the Hangar straight during the opening stages of the race, waving a series of signs in front of the drivers. 

At one stage, Horan appeared to run in the direction of one of the cars which prompted the FIA to throw a safety car while he was removed from the circuit.

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