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Police to take zero tolerance on violence, drugs and alcohol misuse at Derby

Armed police officers will be on duty at Epsom
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Armed police, plain clothed officers, a surveillance team and dogs will be deployed on Investec Derby day in a bid to curb any possibility of violence or drug and alcohol misuse.

Police have been made fully aware of the outbreaks of fighting that marred recent Saturday meetings at Goodwood and Ascot, but the incidents have played no role in shaping an approach already geared to preventing trouble at the largest policed event in Surrey.

Chief Superintendent Dave Miller said: “We take a zero tolerance position on violence, drugs and the misuse of alcohol. Officers will be supporting racecourse officials with security searches.

"Anyone caught using illegal substances will be ejected from the event and dealt with appropriately. Our innovative police tactics allow us to deter, detect and disrupt crime at public events and we will be deploying specialist assets, such as plain clothed police officers, a surveillance team and dogs, which help keep racegoers safe."

Miller urged racegoers to be patient during any searches carried out on entry and to report any suspicious behaviour to the nearest member of staff.

He added: "Expect to see some armed officers at the event as part of our standard policing plans for the Derby. We would ask everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or packages that are left unattended.

"In addition, please be on the lookout for pickpockets, never leave your bags unattended, and keep handbags and purses fastened and close to you at all times.”

Phil White, regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses London, said: "As normal we'll have in place a number of security measures across the site, which include searching procedures, CCTV surveillance with designated spotters, high visibility security patrols, sniffer dogs and amnesty bins."

The Queen's Stand is sold out for Oaks day and Derby day, but as of Thursday afternoon tickets remained available on both days for the grandstand enclosure.

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Anyone caught using illegal substances will be ejected from the event and dealt with appropriately
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