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  • Large-scale fight breaks out after youths confront race-goers after Ladies Day at Aintree

    Henry James

    A GANG of youths confronted race-goers after Ladies Day at Aintree on Friday leading to a large-scale fight.

    At about 7.30pm, police were called to the former Old Roan pub on Copy Lane after reports that a large group of youths had confronted race-goers resulting in a fight.

    A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of affray. He has since been released under investigation and police said “extensive enquires” are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and identify those involved.

    Mobile phone footage of the brawl has appeared on social media.

    Superintendent Dave Charnock said: “This kind of violent disorder in a public place will not be tolerated and we are currently examining CCTV and video footage and following a number of lines of enquiry to identify those responsible.

    “A dispersal zone has been put in place to tackle anti-social behaviour and high visibility patrols will be stepped up in the area over the weekend. This means that any groups of people gathering in the areas of Old Roan to Warbreck Moor can be moved on. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or has any footage to contact us.

    “Despite this incident occurring away from the racecourse, the actions of individuals involved have tarnished what was an otherwise fantastic day for race-goers and we will continue to pursue those responsible and put them before the courts.

    “We have no doubt that everyone attending the final day of the Grand National festival will have a fantastic time and officers will be both inside and outside the course to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

    Anyone who witnessed the incident, has any dashcam or video footage or any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK.

    Social media users has said those people who were involved were “feral rats” and “scum of the earth.”

    Meanwhile this year's policing operation at the Aintree Festival has been hailed a success and the force has said they “would like to thank the thousands of race-goers for their behaviour throughout.” They added: “Each day has seen a great atmosphere with fantastic crowds and today was no exception.”

    Event Commander, Superintendent Louise Harrison said: "Grand National Day is always the busiest of the three and we’re really glad that this year’s festival ended on a high, with everyone having had a safe and enjoyable time.

    "Despite the high number of race-goers there has only been seven arrests on the course and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, including those who worked during the festival, for helping to make this a safe and enjoyable occasion."

    “I would remind everyone who may be continuing celebrations this evening to stay safe, drink responsibly and have a great time.”

    Seven people were arrested on suspicion of offences including drunk and disorderly behaviour, possession of counterfeit currency, public order offences and section 47 assault.

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