Policing Royal Ascot 2007

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Policing Royal Ascot 2007

Posted: 14/06/2007 13:05:28

A number of officers from Thames Valley Police, together with many representatives from partner agencies and other police forces will be on duty at Royal Ascot next week to ensure that the five-day event runs smoothly.

A substantial security operation is in place to protect Royal and other distinguished guests. In partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited (ARL) and the local authority, measures are in place for the safety of the crowds and to minimise the impact on the local community.

Officers will be clearly visible throughout the event, which begins on Tuesday (19/6), providing reassurance to members of the community and those attending, while preventing incidents of crime and taking all reasonable steps to investigate any crime reported.

To deal with the large volume of cars and coaches in the area temporary traffic regulations will be implemented. These will include a tried and tested one-way traffic system around Ascot racecourse at specified times. Car and coach-parking will be clearly signposted.

Although Royal Ascot passed off with very few concerns for Thames Valley Police last year, with crowds exceeding 300,000, people are being reminded to keep their property secure at all times.

Ticket touts, together with unauthorised street traders, charity collectors and unlicensed taxis will be challenged by the local authority where necessary. Ascot Racecourse Limited have also this year taken extra protective measures in guarding race-goers against ticket touts by producing special banners reminding people about the risks of purchasing tickets from unofficial sources. The banners will be highly visible on trains and in car parks.

Ascot’s neighbourhood team will be out in force during the week and will be available to provide support should their assistance be required.

Supt Dan Hale said:” Thames Valley Police has been involved in policing Royal Ascot for more than 20 years and is proud to do so again this year.

“A lot of preparation has gone into making sure the event passes off smoothly and I hope it will be enjoyed by all.

“As with previous years, we are expecting large crowds of people throughout the week and I would urge race-goers to allow plenty of time for their journeys. People are also reminded to keep their property secure at all times.”

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