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Residents should contact community officers over Aintree Festival concerns

Merseyside Police is encouraging residents in Aintree and Maghull to contact their Community Policing Team with any issues or concerns they have ahead of the Aintree Festival which gets underway next Thursday (12 April).

With more than 150,000 race-goers set to attend the event across three days from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14, the community’s dedicated community officers want to make sure residents experience minimal disruption.

Despite the large crowds attending the festival, the vast majority of race-goers have a safe and enjoyable day and a multi-agency operation involving police officers from across the Force will once again aim to ensure this year’s event is no different.

Community officers will speak to residents living in some of the busiest streets around the racecourse to let them know who they can contact if they experience any problems with issues such as car parking, litter and anti-social behaviour during the event.

Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “The Aintree Festival puts Merseyside on the sporting map and the world stage. Thousands of visitors have a great time and we are very grateful to local residents for their patience and co-operation in helping us successfully police the event every year.

“We recognise that large numbers of people can have an impact on the local community and I want to reassure people that, as well as the policing operation for the event itself, my community team will be there to address any concerns residents may have.

“Not only will these officers be dedicated to responding to any calls about issues such as anti-social behaviour and disorder outside the racecourse, they will also be looking to speak to anyone living locally who may have experienced problems in previous years.

“We are particularly keen to hear from these people so we can talk to them and make sure those problems don’t crop up again so the event is a winner for all.”

Aintree and Maghull residents can contact their neighbourhood team by sending an email to aintree@merseyside.police.uk or call the non-emergency number 101.