Guy Henderson, CEO of Ascot, says racegoers will experience “extensive bag, dog and physical searches” at the annual event. The race meeting is attended by The Queen2 and senior members of the royal family every day. In a statement he also warned that there will be a “stronger armed and uniformed police presence.”
The new measures have been introduced because he says the safety of revellers is paramount.
Royal Ascot: racegoers will see an increased security presence (Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
In a statement Mr . Henderson said, “There will be more extensive dog, bag and physical search procedures for everyone at all the racecourse entrances and you will notice a stronger armed and uniformed police presence throughout the site and the vicinity.
“The safety of all our racegoers is paramount and you can be assured that the racecourse works extremely closely at all times with the Police, the Security Services and our specialist advisers in implementing the appropriate security measures for your protection.”
He added: “It is inevitable that access to the racecourse this year will take longer.
“Please be prepared for this and allow sufficient time . Please also bear in mind that if you exit at any stage, you will need to pass through security to re-enter.”
And he urged racegoers not bring unnecessary bags or luggage into the racecourse. Luggage storage facilities will be provided outside of the course enclosures.
“We ask for your understanding, patience and cooperation with us and that you also inform your guests and party members of this update.
“We also ask for your vigilance on matters of security . If you see or hear anything suspicious, please bring it immediately to the attention of the Police or our Stewards,” Mr Henderson said.
Ascot Racecourse s website will contain updates on security.
Glasgow on high alert as Hampden Park security is ramped up for Scotland vs England World Cup qualifier
Glasgow is on high alert with increased security measures put in place for tomorrow s World Cup1 qualifier between Scotland and England2. Fans will be searched at outer cordons surrounding Hampden Park to ensure only ticket holders are in the area immediately around the stadium. Supporters have been urged to arrive early to allow time for additional bag checks while British transport police chief John McBride claims there will be a zero tolerance approach towards any anti-social or criminal behaviour.
He said: Our policing operation will stretch the breadth of the nation and will involve a large number of officers.”
England s allocation for the match stands at 4,761 . Two stewards with experience of both working at Wembley and with England fans will supplement the Football Association s security detail for the first time. Uefa are expected to approve a request for a minute s silence to be held before kick-off in memory of the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks.
Security barriers were installed overnight on three London bridges after Saturday night s terrorist attack that saw a white van mow down pedestrians on London Bridge. TfL confirmed that fences were erected on Waterloo, Lambeth and Westminster bridges. Commuters were pictured crossing the bridges behind the sturdy-looking new structures.
It came as Londoners returned to work amid a heavier police presence at London Bridge, which remained closed through Sunday but reopened on Monday morning for exit-only commuter traffic. City of London police said commuters could expect to see more officers on the beat in central London today. The barriers were erected on Westminster Bridge amid questions over why they had not been installed following an attack on March 22 in which Khalid Masood killed five people by ploughing a car into pedestrians before stabbing an unarmed police officer.
In that attack, Masood drove a grey Hyundai Tucson into pedestrians on the pavement on the south side of Westminster Bridge at a speed of up to 76 mph. Timeline: European terror attacks since 2015
On Saturday night, police were alerted that a vehicle had run down several pedestrians on London Bridge at 10.08pm, before it then drove on to Borough Market. Onlookers described how the large white van veered onto the wrong side of the road of the bridge, weaving in an S-pattern to mow down terrified victims.
A witness named Eric, who was on the south side of London Bridge when he saw the van, told BBC Radio 5Live: “It veered to the right and people were trying to run away from it.”
Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council, said she believed the barriers on Westminster Bridge should stay in place permanently.
People in Westminster need this kind of protective measure it is sensible and proportionate,” she said.
“We are working closely with the Metropolitan police and security services and are happy to assist on measures like planning and traffic management.
“The kind of security barrier now in place on Westminster Bridge needs to be part of a permanent solution, she added. Waterloo and Lambeth bridges also saw new, hastily erected security structures in place. Commuters took pictures of the barriers as they passed, posting them to social media.
The imposing structures, made of concrete and metal, bookend Waterloo Bridge.
The blocky new barriers at Waterloo Bridge (@jmdiazangulo)
The structures that appeared at Lambeth Bridge looked similar, made of concrete and blocking part of the pavement.
The new security barriers were installed overnight (@silvesterldn)