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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Brighton enclosure evacuated after high winds damage roof

The scene at Brighton after officials made the decision to evacuate the Premier Enclosure.
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The Premier Enclosure at Brighton was evacuated by course officials during Friday's meeting after high winds caused part of the stand's roof to come loose.

Racegoers on a balcony near the affected area were first asked to stay indoors as the weather took hold, before officials took the decision to extend the movement from the entire stand.

All people were relocated to the grandstand side, with the Premier Enclosure blocked off by a line of stewards.

Dave Willis, who was among those moved, said: "We didn't really know what was going on, it all happened quite quickly. The weather's been so bad that after that we decided to go inside anyway."

The roof at the centre of the health and safety drama at Brighton

One safety steward, who wished to remain anonymous, elaborated on how the decision came about.

He said: "There were fears that part of the roof might come off, so we had to take the decision to evacuate the area at risk. Everybody complied, and seeing as there wasn't a huge crowd here today there was plenty of room for everyone over the other side."

It was not the first time Brighton has had problems in windy weather, as a meeting was abandoned after three races in 2015.

Friday's drama took place minutes before Roy Rocket triumphed to become the joint-winningmost horse at the track.

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We didn't really know what was going on, it all happened quite quickly
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