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Day permits to be issued for papal visit to Coventry

Pope Benedict XVI
The visit is said to be causing some people to fear for their properties

People who live or work near Coventry Airport may be issued with access permits during the Pope's visit in September, Warwickshire Police said.

It was previously feared that roads in the Baginton area might have to be closed for up to a week for security reasons surrounding the visit.

Coventry City Council said week-long road closures were unnecessary for the one-day visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

He is due to give an open-air service at the airport attended by thousands.

Warwickshire Police said while it may be necessary to close some roads for the duration of the visit, people who lived or worked near the airport with an immediate need to gain access to the area would be given special permits.

Bubbenhall parish councillor Jackie Lloyd said some residents in neighbouring Bubbenhall were so concerned about the potential crowds attracted by the Pope's visit that they had cancelled their holiday to keep an eye on any damage caused to their properties.



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