A motorcade complete with a police escort and outriders has been spotted travelling through central Exeter today.
A day after it was spotted in Plymouth, the convoy was seen heading through Totnes, Torquay and then Exeter’s city centre.
It consisted of three cars and three police motorcycle units, one of whom was videoed stopping traffic at the junction of South Street and North Street.
But, rather than being for a visiting world leader or celebrity, it turns out the fleet of vehicles was training as part of a ‘VIP motorcycle protection course’ in Plymouth and Exeter.
A tweet this morning from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Driver Training Unit twitter account said: “We are delivering a VIP motorcycle protection course, running numerous different types of car convoys for persons who are afford protection visiting our counties.
A tweet from the same account later in the day from the lead car in the group showed a video clip of them passing stationary traffic which had been stopped by the police.
“VIP escort of principal car using bikes and pilot car. This gives you a view from the principal car,” it said.
Devon and Cornwall Police’s press office had earlier in the day confirmed that the force ‘haven’t been made aware’ of any visiting dignitaries.
Police have now confirmed this was a “cohort of police motorcyclists training to be VIP escorts riders. A very challenging course for an important role.”
Matt Bindon managed to get a video – shown above – of the motorcade in Plymouth.
He said: “I thought it must be a politician or a member of the Royal Family to attract that sort of attention and police presence.”