Merseyside Police is encouraging residents in Aintree and Maghull to share any issues or concerns they have ahead of the Aintree Festival which gets underway next week.

With more than 150,000 race-goers set to attend the event from Thursday, April 9 to Saturday, April 11, the community’s dedicated neighbourhood officers want to make sure that there is minimal disruption for residents during the event.

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 is the case for this year’s event.

Neighbourhood officers will be speaking 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.

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

“We recognise that large numbers of people can impact the local community and I want to reassure people that, as well as the policing operation for the event itself, my neighbourhood team will be there to address any concerns that 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 want 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 or call the non-emergency number 101.

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