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Police arrest protester who broke onto track during Epsom Derby after 19 already detained


Jun 3, 2023
Police arrest protester who broke onto track during Epsom Derby after 19 already detained

Police have arrested a protester that managed to get on the track during the Derby at Epsom.

One man climbed a fence before running onto the track before police tackled him and handcuffed him.


A protestor broke onto the racecourse at Epsom

As he was led off the course, there were loud boos from the Epsom crowd.

Another woman attempted to get onto the track but was detained before she could get over the fence, being pulled down to the ground by police.

Earlier in the day, 19 activists were arrested by police as they prepared to disrupt the Epsom Derby.

Animals rights group Animal Rising demanded that the race be ‘cancelled or delayed’, a request that was ignored.

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The race went ahead shortly after the arrests were made and detainees were carried away.

Animal Rising accused the police of abusing their powers after 19 arrests were made earlier in the day.

On Saturday morning, a statement was released to say 11 people were arrested at addresses in Mitcham and Byfleet in the early morning and eight people were further arrested after their vehicle was stopped on Canons Lane in Burgh Heath after 10am.

Animal Rising said: “Earlier this morning, at least 10 arrests were made by Surrey police, allegedly in connection with the Epsom Derby.

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19 arrests were made earlier in the day


19 arrests were made earlier in the day

“This comes after reports of facial recognition cameras around Epsom Downs.

“Police heavy-handedness and intimidation tactics will not prevent a national conversation about our animals and the natural world.

“It restates its commitment to protect horses and disrupt the Derby.”

Superintendent Michael Hodder of Surrey police said: “We have been clear in our approach that criminal activity will not be tolerated at the Epsom Derby Festival.

“As a result of intelligence, we have arrested 19 people who we believe were intent on illegally disrupting today’s events.

“Our officers will be at the event throughout the day to continue in keeping the public safe and preventing criminality.”

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