Royal Ascot hailed as a 'success' by police

Published: 24 Jun 2014 12:300 comments

THAMES Valley Police have heralded Royal Ascot as a success after their operation to police the event went ‘smoothly’.

Andrea Emerson enjoying the races

The turn out for the five day extravaganza, which finished on Saturday June 21, saw crowds of to 65,000 people each day.

A policing operation ran throughout the spectacular, which saw ‘low levels’ of crime and antisocial behaviour.

Crowds revelled in the soaring temperatures, with 34 arrests in total at the races, which the Queen attended each day.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, Gold commander for the event, who visited the racecourse on Thursday 20 June, said: “Thames Valley Police has policed Royal Ascot for decades and we did so again this year with great pride, professional and enthusiasm.

“I would like to thank Supt Hockin and his team for their great leadership in ensuring that this year’s Royal Ascot passed so smoothly. All the event organisers I spoke to remarked on what a great team effort it had been.”

Supt Steve Hockin, Silver commander for the event, said: “Having been the police commander for Royal Ascot for a number of years, I am pleased with the low levels of crime and anti-social behaviour this year.

“This has been brought about by lots of hard work by Ascot Racecourse Limited (ARL) staff and police working in partnership with other agencies.

“I am particularly grateful to my officers and staff who worked the event this year, putting in long hours while managing a whole range of demands from providing community reassurance, royalty protection and policing a busy night time economy.”

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