POLICE are issuing safety advice ahead of the Giants’ return to Liverpool this week, which is expected to see thousands of visitors from St Helens flock to the city.

Memories of August 1914 sees the return of the Little Girl Giant and Xolo the dog, who were last in the city for Sea Odyssey in 2012.

They will be joined by a new Grandmother Giant, who will be in the UK for the first time.

The spectacular – which celebrates 100 years since the start of the First World War – began yesterday, Wednesday, with the Grandmother Giant ‘lying in state’ in St George’s Hall for two days.

The Giants will start their route through the city on Friday, with the event culminating in them leaving along the Mersey on Sunday lunchtime.

Chief Superintendent Jon Ward, of Merseyside Police, said: “Officers will be visible throughout the event to help make sure everyone enjoys it safely, but there are also some simple steps people can take to help protect themselves and their belongings.

“The event will inevitably mean many roads are closed, so you may want to think about public transport. If you do drive to Liverpool, use a designated car park.”

Police advice includes:

  • Follow all directions or instructions given by officers, safety stewards and volunteers
  • Don’t leave property, including bags and mobile phones, unattended and keep valuables close
  • Keep wallets, purses and cash safe and out of sight
  • Keep children close by, as there will be large crowds for the event