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‘Illegal’ horse racing event sees dispersal order issued

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The force said they have received information about a planned unauthorised horse and trap racing event in the borough and neighbouring Epping Forest.

The order will be in place from 11.30am on Friday (May 3) to 11.50pm on Monday (May 6) and covers the area shown in the map.

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Under the powers of a dispersal order, officers will be entitled to direct anyone suspected of causing anti-social behaviour to leave the area or face arrest.

This Is Local London: The Brentwood dispersal order areaThe Brentwood dispersal order area (Image: Essex Police/Google)

Insp Jonathan Main stressed that racing on public road networks is an offence and will result in officers taking enforcement action.

He added: “These activities can be conducted lawfully elsewhere, such as on private land.

“We will not tolerate the use of our district’s roads for an illegal sporting event and will deal with offences robustly. The dispersal order will allow us to protect our local communities from any anti-social behaviour.”

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