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Two year investigation leads to twenty seven convictions for disorder on Epsom Downs after the 2016 Derby

03 Jul, 2018 12:09 News

A two-year police investigation, supported by extensive information received from the public, has led to 27 people being sentenced for their role in a large-scale public disorder which broke out on Epsom Downs after the 2016 Derby.
 
The incident started at around 6pm on Saturday 4 June 2016, on Epsom Downs, when a group of teenage boys and men were seen throwing bottles within the crowd, which caused fighting.
 
As a result, one officer was struck in the face and was taken to hospital with a missing tooth and serious cuts to his mouth; several members of the public were also injured.
 
Officers made 11 arrests on the day for offences including Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), robbery and Actual Bodily Harm (ABH).
 
Following the incident, which occurred outside the ticketed areas, we launched an extensive investigation in order to find those responsible.
 
Since the investigation began, 28 teenage boys and men were arrested in total, with 27 of them going on to be charged. All offenders have now been convicted for their actions – with all but two pleading guilty to the charges.
 
During the investigation, detectives trawled through hundreds of hours of CCTV in a bid to identify everybody involved. Many of the people responsible were identified as a result of information from the public in response to our witness appeals.
 
Detective Inspector Errol Chetty said:

“This incident and the actions of those involved were completely unacceptable and we were determined to bring those responsible to justice.
 
“Behaviour like this will not be tolerated at this event or in our communities and we’re pleased that our extensive investigation has resulted in so many positive outcomes in court.
 
“At events such as this we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, but expect them to act appropriately. Causing public disorder and injuries to both members of the public and officers doing their job is completely unacceptable.
 
“I would like to thank the public who came forward and helped us identify those responsible when we asked for their support. I would also like to commend the tenacity of the officers involved in this complicated investigation.”

This result comes weeks after a successful 2018 Investec Derby Festival. Over the course of the two-day event we made only nine arrests, lower than in previous years. This follows extensive planning and preparation with our partners including Epsom Downs Racecourse, colleagues from Sussex Police, British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Surrey Fire and Rescue, St John Ambulance and many others to ensure a successful event.

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