Police are making themself noticeable throughout IRONMAN weekend.

Project Servator is an operation by Greater Manchester Police which focuses on police presence in order to allay public unease and to help detect and deal with criminal activity.

As part of the project, officers have been visible throughout the busy IRONMAN events so far this weekend and will continue to be so for tomorrow's showpiece.

The approach seems to be yielding results. At yesterday evening's Night Run, officers recovered a weapon during a drugs search.

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A spokesperson for GMP said: "Project Servator Specialist Officers deploy anywhere at any time, engage with public and local businesses to detect criminality, which is what led to positive drugs search and recovery of a weapon nearby at Night Run."

Today, officers were on the scene of tomorrow morning's swim section of the race.

The spokesperson added: "GMP Transport Unit Specialist Project Servator Officers made an unexpected stop Ironman UK Pennington Flash - working with staff and volunteers to detect suspicious behaviour (and wish competitors good luck).

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A statement on GMP's website says that Project Servator "aims to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.

"Our officers are experienced and specially trained to spot the tell-tale signs that someone is planning or preparing to commit an act of crime."

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