Tipsy punters face being breathalysed at Ascot
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.