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British Transport Police Issue Advice To York Race Goers

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12:27pm 13th June 2013

British Transport Police is calling on all race goers to be first past the post when it comes to staying safe at York Races over the weekend.

Last year thousands of passengers travelled to and from York Races over the two day race meet, and police are expecting similar numbers to use the rail network again this weekend.

BTP officers will be out and about along a variety of routes and at York station over the weekend to take steps to ensure people reach their destinations safely, public order is maintained and that the large crowds of people are managed effectively.

Chief Inspector Derek O’Mara, who is coordinating BTP activity at the event, said: “We expect thousands of excited race-goers to use the rail network Friday and Saturday and our aim is to make sure that those travelling by train can attend the races safely and have a good day out.

“BTP will have a large number of officers on hand to deal with the increased numbers. We will be robustly policing the railway and will deal swiftly with anyone who carries out violent or anti-social behaviour.

“With our rail industry partners, we will take a dim view of anyone who causes trouble having consumed excess amounts of alcohol.

He added: “Some people become aggressive when they are heavily intoxicated, which results in them putting themselves, members of the public, rail staff and officers at risk. We will not tolerate this and would remind people that anti social behaviour can result in them being banned from travelling on the rail network and they could receive a criminal record which may affect their employment. Is it worth it for a few hours drinking?”

BTP has also issued advice to race goers, highlighting steps that can be taken to make the meeting as enjoyable as possible:

Plan Ahead:

• Ensure you have a valid ticket – many can be purchased in advance to avoid queuing

• Confirm train time and connections before travelling, giving yourself plenty of time to catch a train

• Make sure at least one person knows where and when you are travelling and your expected arrival time

Stay Aware:

• Wherever possible avoid openly carrying or displaying valuable items such as mobile phones or iPods

• Be wise to potential pickpockets. Keep purses and wallets close to your body and out of sight

• If you drink, don’t over do it, and don’t carry any open bottles on the trains or at stations

• Stay awake while travelling

On the Train:

• Keep any luggage in view – check it regularly and be extra vigilant when the train stops at stations

• Secure your belongings. Don’t leave wallets or purses in your coat hanging on a hook

• Never leave laptops, mobile phones or any electrical equipment or valuables unattended

• Keep an even temper

• Don’t be abusive to rail staff

Remember BTP officers will be on hand across the rail network and any crime or suspicious behaviour on the railways should be reported to BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016.

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