Police Warning - Cheltenham Races

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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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