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LAPD: Paparazzi Unwelcome During Royal Couple’s Hancock Park Stay

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Police Department is taking steps to make the section of Hancock Park where Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, will be staying on their three-day Southland visit the most unwelcoming spot on Earth for paparazzi.

The department has secured no-trespassing letters from residents who live in seven homes around the June Street residence where the couple will be staying, the Los Angeles Times reported. Those who live around the British consul general’s residence have also signed keep-away orders, giving officers free rein to arrest prying paparazzi if they try to photograph the royals while on private property.

“Our primary concern is to protect the rights and privacy of the residents as well as the safety of the royal couple upon their visit here to the United States,” LAPD spokeswoman Mitzi Fierro told The Times. “If they trespass on property where we have a signed trespass letter, they will be arrested immediately.”

Some tabloids have already made lucrative offers to residents in the area but have not gotten any takers in the immediate area where the royal couple are staying, Fierro told the newspaper.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have been in Canada, arrive in Los Angeles Friday, when they will attend an event intended to bring together British and American technologists and venture capitalists to find new avenues for investment and job-creation in the United States and Britain.

A reception at the British Consul-General’s residence Friday evening will give William and Catherine an opportunity to meet what a British statement called “California’s political, business, and philanthropy leaders.”

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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