Police to be out in force at John Smith’s Cup race meeting

Operations director Tony Lee with the giant photograph showing the start of the Tour de France at York Racecourse.

Operations director Tony Lee with the giant photograph showing the start of the Tour de France at York Racecourse.

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York race course is under starter's orders for a fabulous two days of turf action.

But warnings have been issued to race goers travelling to the John Smith's Cup at the Knavesmire today and tomorrow.

Police will be out in force at the track for the event, which has been dogged by binge drinking problems in the past.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Extra police will be on duty both at the racecourse and the surrounding area to provide a reassuring presence.

"We also ask that race-goers take heed of our summer safety campaign, don’t drink to excess and ensure that both you and your friends stay safe and have a good time.

"The vast majority of race-goers enjoy the day in good spirits, please don’t let excessive alcohol consumption spoil an enjoyable occasion."

Police underlined the operation was to minimise disturbance to residents and ensure racegoers who want to enjoy York ’s nightlife afterwards, can do so safely.

Marketing Director James Brennan said it was sensible advice for anyone attending any sporting event and John Smith's had a sound track record on promoting sensible drinking.

He added: "We are looking forward to two days of an event which is a special thrill to race goers."

 

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11:25am Fri 11 Jul 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Little drunken Irish men in cheap tight suits spotted. Get the urine swiller ready and prepare for fisticuffs!
Little drunken Irish men in cheap tight suits spotted. Get the urine swiller ready and prepare for fisticuffs! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 24

11:59am Fri 11 Jul 14

Knavesmire view says...

This message doesn't really fit in with the Press' own headline on the Sports page, 'Let's all drink to the John Smith's Cup' does it now?
This message doesn't really fit in with the Press' own headline on the Sports page, 'Let's all drink to the John Smith's Cup' does it now? Knavesmire view
  • Score: 16

12:08pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Jackanory2 says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Little drunken Irish men in cheap tight suits spotted. Get the urine swiller ready and prepare for fisticuffs!
Boring.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Little drunken Irish men in cheap tight suits spotted. Get the urine swiller ready and prepare for fisticuffs![/p][/quote]Boring. Jackanory2
  • Score: -21

12:15pm Fri 11 Jul 14

CHISSY1 says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Little drunken Irish men in cheap tight suits spotted. Get the urine swiller ready and prepare for fisticuffs!
You would fit in perfectly.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Little drunken Irish men in cheap tight suits spotted. Get the urine swiller ready and prepare for fisticuffs![/p][/quote]You would fit in perfectly. CHISSY1
  • Score: -17

12:18pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Police on standby after the Race Stewards, Ground Security and management fail to spot drink bingers, surely they should be stopping drivers, helping people across roads and other POLICE work, Send in the Council rottweilers.

It Seems all the events the City puts on more and more police are taken away from City Duties
Police on standby after the Race Stewards, Ground Security and management fail to spot drink bingers, surely they should be stopping drivers, helping people across roads and other POLICE work, Send in the Council rottweilers. It Seems all the events the City puts on more and more police are taken away from City Duties Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 3

5:00pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Minsterred says...

They are indeed out in force. Just stopped my wife driving into our street and made her go on a detour to get home after work and then when she left home on foot and tried to walk up the street which is taped off "to help residents" next to us, tried to bar her and said " how do we know you haven't been to the races" ... Well ask to see her driving licence or something? It's stupid, I get we live near it and yes no problem with any of it until they start treating local residents like idiots. To make it worse we"ll have to clean the mess up outside tomorrow as well. Said it before but I'm a city fan and if I behaved like half the people leaving the races after a york match I would get arrested. End of. Different rules apply for some reason.
They are indeed out in force. Just stopped my wife driving into our street and made her go on a detour to get home after work and then when she left home on foot and tried to walk up the street which is taped off "to help residents" next to us, tried to bar her and said " how do we know you haven't been to the races" ... Well ask to see her driving licence or something? It's stupid, I get we live near it and yes no problem with any of it until they start treating local residents like idiots. To make it worse we"ll have to clean the mess up outside tomorrow as well. Said it before but I'm a city fan and if I behaved like half the people leaving the races after a york match I would get arrested. End of. Different rules apply for some reason. Minsterred
  • Score: 15

5:38pm Fri 11 Jul 14

notmyrealname says...

Again we have to suffer 2 days of drunken behaviour in the street and noise from smokers outside hotels till the early hours . Do the police really think that anyone will take notice of a polite request to behave ?
"John Smith's had a sound track record on promoting sensible drinking." Whats that supposed to mean ..Nonsense
Again we have to suffer 2 days of drunken behaviour in the street and noise from smokers outside hotels till the early hours . Do the police really think that anyone will take notice of a polite request to behave ? "John Smith's had a sound track record on promoting sensible drinking." Whats that supposed to mean ..Nonsense notmyrealname
  • Score: 11

8:56am Sat 12 Jul 14

piaggio1 says...

Thugs in suits...if this were a bunch of skinheads/ angels/ football supporters it would not be allowed .but stick em in a £55 suit an its ok?????an as for the er...women !!!!.dont even go there......
Thugs in suits...if this were a bunch of skinheads/ angels/ football supporters it would not be allowed .but stick em in a £55 suit an its ok?????an as for the er...women !!!!.dont even go there...... piaggio1
  • Score: 7

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