Update on dispersal order in relation to horse and trap racing on A33
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We wanted to provide an update in relation to the dispersal order authorised for the whole of the county this weekend in response to unauthorised horse and trap racing expected to take place.
This was in response to information we received regarding unauthorised horse and trap racing which was planned to take place throughout the weekend on the A33 between Winchester and Basingstoke.
Inspector John Stribley said: “We are grateful to the community for their support and patience as we dealt with this dynamic situation.
“We are pleased that all racing was stopped effectively thanks to a quick intervention from both our local officers, and resources from our Joint Operations Unit.
“Although one race was started, this swift action prevented it from being completed and no other races or associated criminality took place throughout the weekend.
"We’re pleased the operation has been carried out without any disruption to the road network in Hampshire, which is the best possible outcome for the local community.
“However, please be reassured that this does not mean that we are in any way being complacent.
“This situation will be monitored longer term, and we will continue to gather intelligence and work with the community moving forward. This is to ensure that we can prevent any potential future disruption to the road network in Hampshire, and robustly deal with any identified offences.”
A police presence was maintained in the area throughout the weekend to deter from any criminality, during which officers were proactive in identifying other offences not related to the racing. This resulted in the following: • One driver issued a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for driving without due care and attention. • One driver issued an FPN for driving without a seatbelt • One vehicle seized and one driver reported for vehicle tax offences • One vehicle seized due to not being insured. • Two drivers spoken to for not having a valid MOT • Two drivers stopped for excessive tinted windows • One driver dealt with for dangerous trailer offences
If you have any concerns or information regarding criminal activity on our roads, please contact police on 101 or on 999 if it is an emergency.