Punters told to watch for pickpockets
PUNTERS were warned to be on the lookout for pickpockets as Cheltenham braces itself for a deluge of racegoers for St Patrick's Day.
Mounted police have been brought in to patrol the town for the first time ever to ensure any social disorder is kept under control.
On the first day of the busy festival, there were three arrests at the track -- one for theft and a further two for minor disorder.
Posters have been erected in public places and in bars throughout the town to warn people to be aware of the amount of alcohol they are consuming and the subsequent potential for pickpockets.
Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesperson Katy Roberts urged people not to carry large amounts of cash and to be aware of their belongings as they moved through large crowds.
"We want everybody to come and enjoy themselves, but to keep safe and consider how much they are drinking and how they are behaving," she added. "They leave themselves vulnerable to becoming victims of crime."