NORTHUMBRIA Police will be 'Policing with Pride' again as Newcastle prepares to host the biggest Pride festival the region has ever had.

The event will be the tenth to be held in the city and will take place at Nun's Moor Park this weekend.

It is expected to be the biggest Northern Pride Festival ever to be hosted in the region, with tens of thousands of people visiting the city.

There will be music from stars such as Alexandra Burke, S-Club and Gareth Gates.

On Friday evening, a "Running With Pride" team of runners – including some of Northumbria Police force's senior officers – will be taking part in an LGBT 5K run.

On Saturday morning, the emergency services will be hosting a Pride Breakfast at Newcastle Civic Centre.

To finish off the weekend, Northumbria police officers will join the public and take part in the Pride Parade to show their support for the LGBT+ community.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird will be supporting Northern Pride again this year. She said: "I’m delighted that Northumbria Police are once again actively supporting Pride 2018 – it’s a great event and I hope the sun is shining.

"Pride is also an excellent opportunity for officers to engage with members of the LGBT+ communities to reinforce that we do not tolerate hate crime in Northumbria, we have a dedicated officers who can offer support and advice, we’re on your side."

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon is overseeing the policing operation for the Northern Pride Festival and said the event always has a positive atmosphere.

She said: "Northern Pride is a fantastic event for the city and the wider region this year it is going to be the biggest Pride event ever.

"There will be thousands of people in Newcastle this weekend for a celebration of the LGBT+ community and we love to play a part in that.

“It is very important for us to work with people who identify as LGBT+ so we can build relationships of trust and confidence in the local police service.

"Throughout the weekend we will have staff at a stall in Nun’s Moor Park to give the opportunity to speak to police about any issues.

"That could be for people who want to report a hate crime, ask about a career in the police or just have a chat about policing in their local community.

"We are here to listen to people's ideas and views. Please come and speak to us, we are here for you."

Police will host a Pride Stall where visitors will be able to speak to officers and find out more about how police support the LGBT+ communities.

In a public show of support the force will be flying both the rainbow and transgender flags at each area command police station and its headquarters, as well as on its social media accounts for the weekend.

To find out what police get up to over Pride weekend follow Northumbria's LGBT+ support association on Twitter at @NPLGBT.

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