Goodwood racecourse to step up security

Goodwood Racecourse is enhancing its existing security measures for all future fixtures, following an extensive review of an incident that took place on Saturday May 5.

Having conducted an internal review and extensive consultation with the local Safety Advisory Group which comprises Sussex Police, the local licencing authority and other emergency services, the Racecourse will be implementing additional measures to help prevent future incidents from occurring. Goodwood has also worked closely with the Racecourse Association and all the other Large Independent Racecourses to ensure best practice is shared.

Sussex Police will now be present at every fixture throughout the season and all security response teams at the venue will wear high-visibility clothing.

Goodwood Racecourse to step up security measures
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Though drugs sniffer dogs have regularly been used at certain fixtures, they will now be in operation at every fixture and racegoers will be strongly encouraged to use the existing amnesty bins in place. Random bag searches will continue to be in place at all entrances and any racegoer found to be in possession of drugs inside the venue will be removed immediately.

Goodwood continues to operate the ‘Challenge 25’ policy in all bars and, in line with other UK racecourses, the ‘4-pint rule’ will be actioned, meaning no-one can purchase more than four pints in the retail bars. There will also be Hydration Stations at every bar.

Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, said; “We have conducted a thorough and extensive review of everything that happened at our first fixture, of our existing policies and held a detailed consultation with our Safety Advisory Group and Sussex Police.

“We have also been working with the Racecourse Association and our other Large Independent Racecourse colleagues to ensure that we are part of the industry-wide crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

“We have concluded that we will make our security teams more visible, we have changed some personnel and the composition of our rapid response teams as well as taking even stronger measures to discourage drug use and excessive alcohol consumption.

“Sussex Police has agreed to have a presence at each of our future fixtures and we continue to work with them on deploying other covert and overt methods of deterring anti-social behaviour and drug use. We are also still helping them with their inquiries following the incident on May 5.

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