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Newbury Racecourse management have said they are very concerned after an investigation into drug use at the site by the Daily Mail.

The investigation uncovered traces of cocaine over the weekend in several toilets at the racecourse, including a baby changing area within the Hampshire Stand.

According to the publication "Cocaine use was rife on Saturday at Newbury, which attracted a crowd of around 11,000 people for a card including the Lockinge Stakes, Royal Wedding celebrations and an official 'afterparty'."

All 13 of the cocaine swabs used by Sportsmail at the Berkshire course came back positive, including four used before the first race.

The article states cocaine traces were also found in the ladies' and men's toilets nearest the temporary royal box at Newbury. In the portable loos nearest the paddock, racegoers could be heard taking drugs, with one young man telling his friend: 'Don't finish it all.'

On Sunday night management at the course said they were 'very concerned' by Sportsmail's findings, and they will be seeking expert advice on what additional measures can be introduced.

A spokesman for Newbury Racecourse said: "Approximately 11,000 racegoers enjoyed a great afternoon of racing last Saturday, on a warm sunny day with a lovely atmosphere.

"The priority for Newbury is to ensure that all our customers have a positive experience, how they interact with the site and each other and we have a range of measures in place to ensure this is the case."

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