25 years policing The Derby at Epsom Downs

25 years policing The Derby at Epsom Downs

This weekend, Surrey Police successfully completed its policing operation for The Derby at Epsom Downs.

Officers and staff from Surrey Police and Sussex Police helped to keep the public safe during the two-day event (31 May and 1 June), one of its largest policing operations of the year. They worked alongside The Jockey Club’s event security to ensure that everyone was able to enjoy the event safely and to prevent criminality.

This year’s event was attended by His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla on Ladies Day, who were able to enjoy the event alongside tens of thousands of people across the two days.

A number of specialist teams were on hand to make sure that the event was a success from an operational policing perspective. These teams included planning, intelligence, drones, neighbourhoods, and public order.

A total of 10 arrests were made over the course of the two days, with one person since being charged.

Chief Superintendent Graham Barnett said: “This marked our 25th year policing The Derby at Epsom Downs, and I’m pleased to say that the work of each officer and member of staff involved helped to achieve this and keep everyone safe, including His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla when they attended on Ladies Day.

“No two years at the event are the same, but every year, our teams work tirelessly to make sure that we are preventing and responding to crime and anti-social behaviour. We work closely with the event organisers and our partner agencies to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the event safely.

“I am very proud of, and would like to thank, every officer, member of staff, and volunteer involved in this event for the work they did to help protect the public. I would also like to thank everyone who attended the event for enjoying it safely and the local community for their understanding and patience whilst we were policing The Derby at Epsom Downs.”

Breakdown of arrests and offences:

Friday, 31 May:
      • A 19-year-old man from Chessington was arrested on suspicion of affray and common assault. He has been released on bail.
      • An 18-year-old man from Merton was arrested on suspicion of affray and causing actual bodily harm. He has been released on bail.
      • An 18-year-old man from Chessington was arrested on suspicion of affray and common assault. He has been released on bail.
      • A 17-year-old boy from Mitcham was arrested on suspicion of common assault. He has been released on bail.
      • A 24-year-old man Caterham was arrested on suspicion of affray. He has been released on bail.
      • A 19-year-old man from Sutton was arrested on suspicion of affray. He has been released on bail.
      • A 25-year-old man from Croydon was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and possession of Class A drugs. He has been released on bail.
      • A 15-year-old boy from Epsom was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He has been released on bail.
Saturday, 1 June:
      • Alan Smith, 65 (DOB: 17/10/1958), of Hampton has been charged with being drunk and disorderly. He has been bailed to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on 15 August 2024.
      • A 20-year-old man from Heathfield was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. He has been released with no further action.

One thought on “25 years policing The Derby at Epsom Downs”

  1. Perhaps they kept everyone safe, but they omitted to mention the Langley Vale Resident’s that had their window’s fired at, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday evenings by Teenagers with Catapult’s causing thousand of pounds of damage to Houses – Conservatories, Bedroom windows of children who luckily were not in bed at the time, vehicles. The lack of support from Surrey Police during the Derby Week was disappointing to say the least.
    A Catapult with metal pellet’s is as lethal as any gun and could have caused serious injury or even death if it had hit someone in the right place.
    Report’s of Gunfire went without any kind of response until the Thursday despite residents concerns following the previous weekend, one resident was asked “Do you know what gunshot sounds like?”
    Langley Vale Village is always here, always supports The Jockey Club and racing stables for 365 day’s of the year but we were excluded from the “Exclusion Zone” and one must ask why as we just do not disappear from the map!
    So we are not very impressed and suggest next year Langley Vale Village and the incumbent resident’s are given the support and some kind of protection the rest of resident’s get and not just forget we are here. Thank you

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