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Fear of brawls at Newbury

Fears of brawls at Newbury Racecourse this weekend have put management on high alert.

For the last two weekends several fights have taken place. This includes a mass brawl caught on camera at Ascot.

Around 50 men were shown raising their fists at the course in East Berkshire.

Responding to fears Chief Executive at Newbury Julian Thick said: "We don't tolerate anti-social behaviour and anyone found to be engaging in such behaviour will be asked to leave the racecourse. "In light of recent incidents we'll be extra vigilant in all our security and staff briefings." 

Newbury has experienced its share of violent scenes in the past, notably in the summer of 2012, when Cardiff and Swansea football fans clashed. Elaborating on the track's preparations, Thick continued in conversation with Racing Post. He said: "We sit down in advance to look at the appropriate levels of security and stewarding required, based around the type of raceday we're holding, the projected attendance and any additional factors identified. "The Al Shaqab Lockinge meeting is no different. We've a range of measures in place, which include a mixture of high-vis and blazer-wearing members of security staff across the racecourse. "We also deploy experienced bar ‘spotters’ and CCTV operators, whose focus is to look out for early signs of anti-social behaviour and work alongside bar staff on duty to identify any groups or individuals who may be of higher risk and notify security. "Newbury also deploys drugs detection dogs, amnesty bins and bag searches at all of our significant race meetings." He added: "Newbury is also committed to supporting the PACE Yourself campaign, run in conjunction with the Racecourse Association across the industry. We have free water available to racegoers at all our bars and an alcohol-free zone. We'll also be proactively handing out free water throughout the day on Saturday." 

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