Kate Moss drafts in police to guard her wedding

July 1, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Supermodel Kate Moss brought two Cotswold villages to a standstill today after drafting in police and a team of bouncers to guard her wedding.

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The 37-year-old was granted complete privacy by police and the local council to protect an exclusive deal she has to sell pictures of the event to a glossy magazine.

She tied the knot with rocker Jamie Hince, 42, at Grade II-listed St Peter’s Church, in the village of Southrop, Glos, just one mile from her country home.

A team of around 20 officers helped her enforce a 2.7 mile exclusion zone around the church.

Both Southrop and the neighbouring hamlet of Little Faringdon – where Moss is holding a three-day reception in her £2million mansion – were subject to total ‘lockdown’.

Only the star-studded guest list and neighbours were allowed through the cordon with special passes.

Bemused locals found burly workers from private security firm SFM dressed in blue polo shirts and yellow reflective jackets standing at every entrance into the pretty village.

They fiercely guarded the huge cordon with metal barriers and the help of police officers.

Those who tried to walk past the cordon were warned they could be arrested for ‘breaching the peace’.

Any resident wishing to access their home, or even school, had to be checked against a list before being let through.

One disgruntled local drinking in the Swan pub in Southrop, a businessman in his 60s, stormed: ”We’re just peasants, aren’t we?

”The cordon goes round for miles, it is ridiculous. It makes it very difficult just to get in. They really have closed most of the village off.

”I had to drive miles out my way, all round the Eastleach way just to get here.”

Police officers made regular patrols through the village in police vans – with up to three passing at the same time.

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Around 40 cars from the world’s media and fans of Kate Moss crowded into the small country lanes, causing queues and forcing traffic into single file.

The tiny parish of Little Faringdon, where Moss turned her luxury farmhouse into a mini-festival for a three-day £500,000 post-wedding bender, was also like a fortress.

Because the wedding venues span two police force areas, both the Gloucestershire and Thames Valley were involved.

Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed that Moss had contributed to the cost of policing the event but would not disclose how much.

The force also refused to reveal how many officers were involved in the security operation.

A spokesman said: ”We have an obligation to police any events that could cause any form of disruption to the local community and in order to ensure the safety of local residents and those attending no matter what event that might be.

”By the organisers contributing towards such policing it reduces the impact of the cost on taxpayers.

”This charging is standard practice, both Cheltenham Races and The Royal International Air Tattoo pay for policing, as have a number of film production companies in the past at Gloucester Cathedral.

”In this case the bride and groom have agreed to pay for extra policing directly related to their event.”

Thames Valley Police confirmed a neighbourhood team was patrolling near Little Faringdon – but denied they had ploughed in extra resources.

A statement from the force said: ”The local neighbourhood team is aware of the wedding event but there are no plans for any extra patrols or for any resources to be tasked to the village.”

Kate is believed to have sold exclusive rights to the wedding to Vogue magazine, with shots by Princess Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino due to appear in its September issue.

The blushing bride-to-be headed to a wedding rehearsal dinner in the Cotswolds on Thursday evening.

The stunning supermodel wore a turquoise dress with a pair of high-heeled boots as she cosied up to her musician fiance outside The Swan pub in Southrop.

Moss and her groom then had dinner at the 17th century award-winning watering-hole after attending a rehearsal at the Norman parish church in the village.

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Actress Sadie Frost, a close pal of Moss, was spotted outside the church with her 10-year-old daughter Iris, who is one of the bridesmaids.

Her youngest son Rudy, seven, was a page boy.

Another in the wedding party was Moss’s daughter Lila Grace, eight, from her previous relationship with publisher Jefferson Hack.

Supporting the newlyweds was Kate’s father Peter, her mother Linda and her partner Geoff Collman and Jamie’s parents William and Carole.

Also seen walking through the churchyard on Thursday was Hince’s ‘best woman’ and The Kills bandmate Allison Mosshart.

Stars including Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Campbell, Sir Philip Green and Jude Law were all believed to have secured an invite to the exclusive wedding ceremony.

The religious ceremony was expected to contain readings from Hince’s sister Sarah and Sadie Frost.

Moss and Hince will toast their nuptuals with a three-day mini festival in the ground of her mansion – dubbed ‘Moss-stock’ by locals.

She has erected an 8ft metal fence – similar to that used at the Glastonbury Festival – around the entire perimeter of her home.

Six huge marquees have been erected in the grounds of Moss’ home to provide entertainment from The Rolling Stones, Snoop Dog, Shirley Bassey and Iggy Pop.

Many of the marquees will be individually themed clubs – with one claimed to be based on London’s famous Groucho club.

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Another is expected to be based on the Kate’s favourite bar in Jamaica.

She is also rumoured to be hanging pictures of herself taken through her career in the marquees.

Moss’s favourite London restaurant China Tang at the Dorchester and the Ritz in Paris, are expected to be providing catering for the event.

Meanwhile lorries of Grey Goose Vodka, Red Bull and Dom Perignon champagne have been ordered in to stock the bar.

Kate has also commissioned bespoke bunting made up of skulls, flowers, headlines of her escapades, flowers and photos.

The model has also recently completed the conversion of an old barn on the estate into a four-bedroom guest quarters.

A helipad has been created on the estate to welcome guests but local people are worried about traffic congestion as guests – and the paparazzi – arrive.

Kate’s wedding dress design – kept firmly under wraps – is rumoured to have been created by shamed fashioner designer John Galliano.

The under-fire designer is currently on trial charged with anti-Semitic abuse outside a café in Paris.


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