A crackdown is being launched on Cheltenham Festival ticket touts after the council proposed bringing in control orders for next year’s meeting.

Cheltenham Borough Council wants touts to be covered by anti-social behaviour laws during the National Hunt Festival in March and two major meetings in the Autumn.

The council has announced a public consultation on its plans to vary its current Public Spaces Protection Order to include prohibiting people selling tickets for horse racing events at the Prestbury Park course.

Public Spaces Protection Orders are designed to prevent individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public area where the behaviour is, or is likely to have, “a detrimental effect on the quality of life of others in the locality; and is also persistent or continuing in nature, and unreasonable”.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, the borough council’s cabinet member for development and safety, said: “We are asking residents, visitors and partners’ views on a proposal to ban ticket touting during key horse racing events in certain parts of the town.

“With horse racing events at the racecourse growing in popularity, the problems associated with ticket touting are increasing too.

 

“In order for the council and its partners to address this, we are proposing to vary the current Public Spaces Protection Order to include a ‘ban’ on this type of activity so that we can ensure people who visit or live in Cheltenham can do so in an enjoyable and safe way.”

Last year, high-profile incidents of drunken behaviour included former Aston Villa youngsters Samir Carruthers and James Collins being caught urinating in a beer glass and the latter tossing the contents over the balcony of their £700-per-head executive box, something for which they were fined two weeks’ wages.

Two models also flashed their breasts while sipping champagne in the same VIP area, earning themselves a lifetime ban from racing.

The current PSPO came into force on April 26, 2017. It restricts the public consumption of alcohol in certain parts of the town and places a number of obligations on dog owners.

Now the proposed amendment is to include a new prohibition on “ticket touting” during the National Hunt Festival in mid-March, The Showcase in October and The November Meeting.

The six-week consultation will close on January 5.

Originally published by The Telegraph 04/12/2017. Original article can be found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/crackdown-ticket-touts-cheltenham-council-plans-exclusion-zone/

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