Epsom Derby 2024: Police granted extra powers to keep community safe

Surrey Police involved drones in their policing at the Epsom Derby
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Police have been given extra powers this weekend during the Epsom Derby, and will be able to remove anyone displaying antisocial behaviour during The Derby Stakes. The festival is a group one flat horse race, and Epsom Downs racecourse has been a favoured place since the 1600s. There are a number of road closures in place and changes to train timetables.

The event is set to attract thousands of people from across the UK to the town between Friday, May 31 and Sunday, June 2. Therefore, Surrey Police will be issued additional powers in Epsom town centre, the train station and all racecourse areas.

That means anyone either contributing to or causing antisocial behaviour, crime and disorder can be removed from the area by police at any time. This also includes anyone causing public alarm or distress.

Map of Epsom and Epsom Downs
Here is a map highlighting where police are given extra powers -Credit:Surrey Police

The Section 35 dispersal order will be put in force from Friday, May 31 at 11am, and will end on Sunday, June 2 at 6am. However, dispersal orders can be extended in some cases where necessary.

Borough Commander for Epsom and Ewell, Inspector Kelly Clifton-Sinclair said: “We’re putting this dispersal order in place over the two days of the Epsom Derby to help us to keep residents and the local community safe. The dispersal order will also enable us to reduce any anti-social behaviour in the area during that time.

“We will have dedicated patrols in the area across the two days, and would encourage anyone to speak to us if they have any concerns. Your safety is our priority, and we will be there, should you need us, across the weekend.”

Anyone wanting to report antisocial behaviour can do so via direct messaging on social media or via the Surrey Police website. Call 999 in an emergency. There are a number of road closures in place and changes to train timetables. You can read more HERE.

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