Fall in arrests at Royal AscotBy Becky Barnes
June 28, 2012
There were 29 arrests at Royal Ascot this year with “very few concerns” for police.
Nearly 280,000 people attended the five-day race meet, which kicked off last Tuesday, June 19, and officers arrested 29 people compared to 50 last year.
Crimes dealt with across the police forces ranged from public order offences and being drunk and disorderly to assault and fraud with several on the spot £80 fines issued.
Two women, aged 31 and 32, from Worcestershire, were arrested after a 26-year-old woman from Coventry suffered minor cuts and bruises when she was assaulted in some toilets on Thursday, June 21.
The pair were released on bail until July 27 and a 22-year-old man from Worcester Park, Surrey, was cautioned for assault.
On the same day, two men aged 21 and one aged 24, all from Camberley, were arrested on suspicion of having counterfeit £20 notes.
The 24-year-old and one of the 21-year-olds were released on bail until September 21 with the other released without charge.
Earlier in the day a 23-year-old woman was arrested and cautioned after pepper spray was found in her bag although there was no suggestion she attempted to use it.
British Transport Police issued cautions and £80 penalties for cannabis possession, railway trespass and public order offences across the five days.
Two men, aged 38 and 47 were reported for summons by British Transport Police for ticket touting on Wednesday, June 20.
In addition two men, aged 47, from Wimbledon and aged 45, from Hertfordshire were arrested for being drunk and disorderly and issued with an £80 fine.
Superintendent Andy Standen, Silver Commander for Royal Ascot, said: “Royal Ascot is a very complex security and public order operation that requires months of planning and working closely with the event organisers and our partners.
“I am very pleased to say that, the policing operation has run smoothly and crime levels were lower than previous years.”
This year, there was a stricter dress code with ‘dress code assistants’ on hand to give out spare fascinators and pashminas.