We live next to Aintree Racecourse… here's the worst part & the drastic action we take as racegoers URINATE in our yards | The Sun
LOCALS who live next door to Aintree Racecourse have revealed how they dread this time of year – and the drastic action they have to take against the race-going rabble.
Residents have said they have found bottles and bags full of wee stashed in their gardens by Grand National punters.
One man who lived next door to the famous course said he had been threatened by racegoers trying to climb over fences into the ground.
And another neighbour said she was planning to leave a bucket out this year for boozy lads who needed to use the toilet to stop them for urinating in her garden.
Crowds of over 150,000 are expected to flock to the world's biggest steeplechase event today and tomorrow.
The majority of Grand National punters walk down Seeds Lane, a normally quiet residential road, which leads directly to the entrance.
Now locals who live in Chaser Close off Seeds Lane next to the racecourse have told of the misery they endure when desperate punters need to take a leak.
Chaser Close resident Joyce Kelly told The Sun that many racegoers sank pints in nearby pubs and then were caught out as they queued to get into Royal Aintree.
Joyce said: "I have lived in Chaser Close for 12 years now and I do get fed up with it.
"The main problem is lads looking to have a wee behind a wall or in a garden.
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"My neighbours have found bottles of wee in their gardens and bags of urine in the bushes. Horrible to wake up to.
"This year I might leave a bucket out for people to use. I understand the lads have been in the pub and then get stuck in the queue for the National. But they should remember that people live here."
Resident Konrad Stadler said: "It's a nightmare to be honest. The street gets full of cars and then you have large groups of people who need to use a toilet.
"They don't seem to think about the families that live in the area. We dread it."
A local man who asked not be named said said: "My wife and I have had a terrible time over the years.
"Racegoers park in our close and then we have people who think you can access Aintree through Chaser Close.
"We have found them trying to climb over fences. When you explain to them that they can't go through that way they become aggressive
and blame you.
"One year a fella threatened to stab me. And then some people are happy to urinate in the middle of the street."
In 2019 footage emerged of yobs attacking a group of racegoers on their way home.The incident, which was unusual,happened in the Copy Lane area near to the course.
Senior officers warned visitors to expect security checks on their way into the course. Armed police will be present throughout the event.
Superintendent Matthew Moscrop said there was a "robust policing plan" in place with a "visible armed presence" expected.
He said: "Anti-social behaviour, disorder and violence will not be tolerated. We will be robust with anyone who behaves inappropriately or criminally."
Police also warned racegoers – who will face security checks – heading into Liverpool city centre afterwards that the force would not tolerate anti-social behaviour.
Supt Moscrop added: "Alcohol related disorder will not be tolerated on the course, around it or in the city centre and local pubs and off-licenses will also be monitored to ensure people who are already drunk are not being served more alcohol.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to ask visitors to spare a thought for local residents, who accept the huge numbers of people visiting the area with very good grace every year.
"We ask that visitors show them the same courtesy and treat the area with respect. Officers on duty will be taking a common-sense approach but we are clear that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
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"We know local people worry about people urinating in the street and we can reassure them that officers will be dealing with the problem robustly.
"Whether you win or lose this Grand National our officers will be out and about to make sure that everyone can enjoy themselves. Have fun, look after each other and remember to report any incidents to our officers."
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