Horse Racing: Violence

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd May 2018.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the levels of crowd violence at horse racing meetings in 2018.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Incidents of crowd violence are rare across the 60 British racecourses and 1500 fixtures that attract some six million racegoers per year. However, the Racecourse Association and its members are working to encourage responsible behaviour in respect of alcohol consumption, and are reviewing their processes for crowd control and security. Racecourses reserve the right to deny entry to or remove racegoers whose behaviour falls short of the standards of conduct required under the terms and conditions of entry. The British Horseracing Authority will consider factors such as crowd control and behaviour when reviewing its licensing procedures for racecourses.

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