Cheltenham Festival ‘KNIFEMAN’ arrested by armed cops at Ladies Day

DETAINED: The bloke was escorted away by three officers this morning (Pic: SWNS)

The ageing man with grey hair was handcuffed and then marched away by cops this morning.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: “Officers responded to reports a man was in possession of a knife at Cheltenham Racecourse at 10.30am today.

“A man has been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed article in a public place.‘‘

It comes on the second day of the annual horse-racing event, after cops announced they are taking a hardline security stance.

MARCHED OUT: He was handcuffed and then led away (Pic: SWNS)

Ian Renton, regional director of Cheltenham and the South West for Jockey Club Racecourses, told the Daily Telegraph: “We have a large security presence here for the Festival, both from the police and security companies.

“As people might be aware we cracked down a couple of years ago on the availability of alcohol to try to discourage any excessive drinking.

“We will continue with that policy to ensure all our racegoers can come and have a fun time without any sign of rowdiness.”

Just two arrests were made at the festival last year, but sniffer dogs will be present at the racecourse. 

Gloucestershire Police said in a statement: “While the number of arrests was low last year, the racecourse has robust measures in place that send out a very strong anti-drugs message to the 260,000 people who attend.”

CRACKDOWN: Cops announced they are taking a hardline security stance this year (Pic: PA)

 in the face of Storm Gareth, with heavy winds and strong winds forecast. 

Gusts are forecast to exceed 45mph, but the green light was given for the event to go ahead just after 6am this morning.

Seven races are scheduled today with all eyes not just on the ladies’ outfits, but also the main race of the day – the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Irish-bred Altior will be attempting to make it back-to-back wins in the big race after a day of surprises on the opening day.

Espoir D’Allen gave trainer Gavin Cromwell his first win in the Champion Hurdle yesterday after the leading runners failed to make an impact.

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