Arrests and violence on Derby day at Epsom

Epsom

Surrey Police have appealed for witnesses after violence broke out

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 By Lewis Porteous 1:56PM 5 JUN 2016 

RIOT police had to intervene after violence broke out on Derby day at Epsom, with 11 arrests made at the track on Saturday. 

One eyewitness claimed a fight broke out between two groups of teenagers, with bottles reportedly being hurled in anger, leaving innocent bystanders to take evasive action to avoid injury.

“After the last race people were just kicking off, throwing bottles,” said the spectator, quoted in the Evening Standard, who claimed “hundreds” were involved at the peak of the violence.

He added: “Then another group of boys had a fight and started throwing things into the middle, where people were standing.

“There were people screaming, saying there were knives too. But the bottles were worse than the knives. It looked like 1.5 litre bottles of vodka were getting smacked over 17-year-olds. People fled because of it.”

He added: “When there were lots of fighters, that’s when police started moving in. Everyone was saying the Queen could probably see the fights from where she was.”

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Surrey Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward, claiming it was a “small minority” who caused the trouble.

Temporary chief superintendent Jerry Westerman said: “The Investec Derby festival is a hugely popular event attracting many thousands of people from both the local area and wider afield. The majority of visitors come to have a good time and enjoy themselves and it is a small minority who cause trouble and spoil the atmosphere.

“Surrey Police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is urged to do the right thing and come forward. 

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have captured it on camera to contact police – any information could help officers piece together the events and bring those responsible to justice.”

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