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Police Warning - Cheltenham Races

Police Warning About Pick Pockets and Forged Tickets at Cheltenham Races

Gloucestershire Police are reminding race-goers to be wary of pick-pockets following several incidents on the first day of the Festival.

One man visiting Cheltenham from Bridgend had £1,300 cash stolen from his back pocket.

The day's 11 theft incidents also included another man having £600 in £20 notes taken from his pocket while at the bar.

Several other people lost smaller sums of cash this way and one race-goer's wallet containing bank cards was stolen from his pocket.

A 47-year-old Glasgow man is helping police with inquiries after being arrested on suspicion of theft at 3.45pm yesterday. He is alleged to have taken several hundred pounds from a man's pocket while he was at the bookies.

Another man reported having a £4,000 watch stolen.

Race-goers are urged not to keep large sums of cash in easily accessible pockets. Crime Reduction Officer Pc Bob Lloyd added: "People should remember to take some simple precautions to help prevent themselves from becoming a victim of such offences.

"Never leave a wallet or purse at the top of an open bag as it's an invitation to a thief. Keep valuables in a firmly secured bag and carry it in front of you so you can keep an eye on it or, ideally, put them in a secure inside pocket that would be hard for a thief to reach.

"Keep your valuables on you at all times or get a friend to look after them for you. Make sure you remove wallets and mobile phones from jackets left hanging on the back of a chair."

Two people also reported being assaulted during the first day of the Festival. A man in his thirties was left with a bruised eye after being punched by a man who allegedly tried to grab his binoculars. The other assault was of a domestic nature.

Police and racecourse staff have received several reports during the day of people attempting to get into the event using a forged ticket.

Chief Inspector David Wasley said: "There are plenty of legitimate tickets for sale on the day at the racecourse so don't be tempted to buy one from a tout. They could end up being forged and the likelihood is you will not gain entry and will have wasted your money."

Posted : 14/03/2007 16:00:27

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