A comprehensive review of all the circumstances surrounding the incident which occurred on Level 2 of the Millennium Stand on the NatWest Rowley Mile last Saturday, May 6, when a fight led to the arrest of four people, has now taken place.
As a result of this review and in addition to all Newmarket's existing health & safety and crowd control procedures which are already considered as "best practice”, Newmarket Racecourses will be taking the following action:
1. Security staff will take up higher profile positions in all the main bar areas, working more closely than ever to help enforce any decision not to serve anyone who is under the influence of alcohol.
2. Notices will be put up at all racecourse entrances and in all bars asking people to "drink sensibly" and making it clear that anyone who acts in an anti-social way is liable to be ejected from the racecourse.
3. Mobile beer vendors will only be deployed tactically on the big days to help relieve congestion in the bars.
4. The police will work with us to prevent known troublemakers from gaining admission.
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, said: "As our marketing for the NatWest Rowley Mile will testify, we want this historic racecourse to be all about top class flat racing at its very best, attracting an audience that appreciates this.
"Having invested so much time and effort over the last five years to build Newmarket's race programme into the best that it has ever had, to upgrade facilities, to improve customer service and enhance all aspects of our racegoers' raceday experience, I would like to reassure all our racegoers that we will not allow all this to be marred by the selfish, anti-social behaviour of the few."