UNAUTHORIZED horse and trap races take place again for a second day, forcing police to close part of the A33.
As reported yesterday, Hampshire Police said they were dealing with horse-racing travelers and traps along the A33 near Micheldever and Popham and have closed a lane as a “safety measure for them. conductors “.
Police are back there this morning and have closed the northbound carriageway between Larkwhistle Farm Road and Woodmancott junctions.
Hello, for safety reasons, we will close the N carriageway again / direction of the # A33 between Larkwhistle Farm Road and Woodmancott junctions. Officers are also monitoring any traffic violations – three vehicles seized and a drug deal stopped yesterday.
– @WinchesterCops (@WinchesterCops) May 2, 2021
Yesterday, police seized three vehicles and arrested one person for drug driving.
A member of the public told the Gazette that the races resumed this morning before 6:30 am, with “dozens of travelers with ponies” and police already present.
It was reported yesterday that around 200 people were participating in the unauthorized event, blocking the roadway and disrupting traffic.
Despite this, police allowed the event to continue and the road closure was not lifted until around 4:30 p.m., with police remaining on site for much of the day.
Winchester MP Steve Brine told the Hampshire Chronicle he had been contacted by many voters complaining about the disruption and said he discussed it with the police chief.
He said: âUnauthorized activity is clearly unauthorized. The police must be fair but firm and uphold the law for the majority. Our roads are not race tracks. End of the story.”
Yesterday, a police spokeswoman called the situation “dynamic” and said “safety precautions” were in place for those at the event and other motorists using the road.
Police confirmed that the event was organized by members of the travel community and “attracted a number of people”.
They were unable to confirm if the group is the same as the one staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Basingstoke who had to bring in security guards with dogs last night to manage a large group that staying there for a second night.