Donald Trump UK Visit: Police Anger After Officers Made To Sleep On Camp Beds And \'yoga Mats\' Ahead Of US President\'s Visit

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Police officers are being made to sleep on camp beds in sports halls as Britain prepares for a huge security operation during Donald Trump’s visit.

Hundreds of folding beds and roll mats were laid out in gyms as officers from across the country were drafted into Operation Manifold to police the US President's visit.

The conditions sparked anger among police officers, who sarcastically tweeted about their "luxury accommodation".

One officer posted a picture of the conditions alongside the caption: "They want us to sleep here for 3 nights. Then do 12 hour shifts?"

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Another added: "Cops can’t even charge their phones. There’s not even enough Charing ports [sic]. It’s just chaos. We’re at 10pm passing beds through to where the women are sleeping. We should be asleep. Up at 3am.

"After one hours sleep a freezing cold shower and having to get dressed in the dark with no light there are serious issues with health & safety arising in my accommodation. People are saying they feel unwell. Myself included."

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Another photo shows what appear to be yoga mats laid out in a squash court for police officers to sleep on.

The security bill for Mr Trump’s four day UK trip is expected to leave taxpayers with a police and security bill of up to £10 million as tens of thousands of people protest against the President.

It is expected to be the biggest mobilisation of police officers since the 2011 London riots.

The Police Federation, which represents officers’ interests, said a meeting was being held to try to resolve the accommodation problems.

Officers tweeted angrily about their sleeping conditions (@hantsfedchair)

John Apter, who is chair of Hampshire Police Federation, hit out the conditions, adding: "Prisoners arrested last night will have had better accommodation than those #police officers ensuring the Presidential visit runs smoothly.

“Police Chiefs who talk well-being of their people need to take a long hard look at this. This is not acceptable."

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More than 70,000 people are expected to attend rallies and protests against the President in central London on Friday, a day after Mr Trump's arrival.

Protesters will assemble outside the BBC building in Portland Place and plan to march through Regent Street and Haymarket to Trafalgar Square.

The route map for the main anti-Trump protest which will take place on Saturday, with more than 60,000 people registered as ‘attending’ on Facebook

Prime Minister Theresa May will host Mr Trump, and his wife Melania, at a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening.

 The visit comes days after the US president said the UK was in "turmoil" following the Cabinet resignations triggered by the Prime Minister's Brexit plans.

After spending the night at the US ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, London, Mr Trump will join the PM at a military base on Friday to observe a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and US special forces.

President Donald Trump will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May during the visit  (AP)

The two leaders will hold talks at the Prime Minister's country residence of Chequers where Russia, Brexit and the Middle East will top the agenda.

Mr Trump will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before heading to Scotland for a private part of the four-day visit, ahead of travelling to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Opponents have threatened mass protests against the visit, but Mr Trump is expected to avoid areas such as central London where demonstrators could gather.

Donald Trump will be accompanied by First Lady Melania during the trip (REUTERS)

Mrs May will be seeking to improve her often publicly strained relationship with he US president as she pushes for a post-Brexit trade deal with America.

Mr Trump raised eyebrows when he went out of his way to praise Boris Johnson after resigning as foreign secretary, while insisting it was up to the British people whether Mrs May remained in office or not.

Theresa May and Donald Trump have enjoyed a sometimes uneasy relationship (PA)

The US president also suggested his summit with the Russian president could prove to be the easiest part of his European tour compared with the Nato meeting and UK visit.

As part of the visit, Mrs Trump will meet veterans and schoolchildren in London on Friday, accompanied by the PM's husband Philip May.

Mr Trump is believed to be spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014, although there has been no official confirmation of his plans.

The US president used the Nato summit to launch fierce attack on Germany, saying it was "totally controlled" by Russia, as he ratcheted up demands for Nato allies to pay more for their collective defence.

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The menu for the dinner at Blenheim Palace includes Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef filet and vegetables, and strawberries and clotted cream ice cream.

While a working lunch at Chequers will consist of Dover sole, Chiltern lamb and vegetables, and lemon meringue pie.

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/donald-trump-uk-visit-fury-as-police-forced-to-sleep-on-camp-beds-ahead-of-us-presidents-visit-a3885441.html

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