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Police give advice to race-goers ahead of Plate Day

24 Jun 2016 00:00 AM

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Northumbria Police is looking forward to welcoming thousands of race-goers to Newcastle Racecourse for Northumberland Plate Day on Saturday, June 25.
To help ensure visitors have a great time and enjoy the event safely, police are sharing a few crime prevention and safety tips.
Those driving to the event are advised to leave plenty of time for their journey and to be patient as the roads in the area are likely to be busy. Additional officers will be in the area, working with partners to ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum.
Officers also want to remind people to think about their personal safety when out enjoying themselves and not to let the day be ruined by too much alcohol. People going out after the event are also encouraged to make sure they have made plans to get home safely.
Chief Inspector Stephen Readdie, said: "Plate Day is always a fantastic occasion with a great atmosphere. It attracts visitors from near and far and we want to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that people have a great time. There will be officers assisting with traffic management throughout the day as well as on patrol around the racecourse - should anyone require any assistance, they will be happy to help.
He added: "We want to remind racegoers of a few crime prevention and safety tips to help keep them and their possessions safe. Plan your journey ahead, both there and back, make sure you lock your car and don't leave any valuables on show whether it's in your car, in open bags or hanging out of back pockets. We want everyone to have a brilliant day and for nothing to spoil it."
Tips from Northumbria Police include:
- Visitors to the event are advised to plan their journey in advance and allow plenty of time for their journey.
- Drink responsibly and look after yourself, make sure you have plans to get home.
- Ensure you lock your vehicle before leaving it unattended and don't leave valuables on show.
- Personal property should be kept in a secure place such as a bag that fastens securely. Do not keep mobile phones and wallets in back pockets.