Tipsy pun­ters face be­ing breathal­ysed at As­cot

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Amid the dog-eared form guides, jaunty head wear and crum­pled bet­ting slips, race­go­ers at­tend­ing Royal As­cot next week may no­tice a dif­fer­ent ad­di­tion, breathal­y­sers at the turn­stiles.

The Berk­shire venue has rolled out a swathe of mea­sures across all en­clo­sures and gen­eral ar­eas de­signed to curb some of the overzeal­ous be­hav­iour which has blighted race days y in re­cent months, ahead of the start of As­cot’s five­day meet­ing on Tues­day.

Th­ese in­clude the in­tro­duc­tion of trained in­ci­dent “spot­ters” to iden­tify po­ten­tial trou­ble be­fore it takes hold, and drugs amnesty boxes out­side the race­course, while mo­bile beer sell­ers have been dis­con­tin­ued.

Fol­low­ing a trial in May more than 20 snif­fer dogs will be used to iden­tify peo­ple with il­le­gal drugs.

They will pa­trol en­try points, pub­lic bars and queues for the toi­lets and car parks.

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