24 people charged after animal rights protest at Scottish Grand National

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Police have confirmed that 24 people have been charged after animal rights protesters stormed the Ayr Racecourse track in a bid to halt Saturday’s Scottish Grand National.

Protesters from the group Animal Rising climbed under and over fences at around 3.20pm, ahead of the £200,000 race, and invaded the track.

The same group delayed the start of Aintree’s Grand National last week.

Coral Scottish Grand National – Ayr Racecourse – Saturday 22nd April
Kitty’s Light ridden by jockey Jack Tudor on their way to winning the Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse (Jane Barlow/PA)

But it did not delay the event, with the 18-horse race starting at 3:38pm.

In an update, Police Scotland confirmed that 24 people had been arrested and charged in connection with a breach of the peace.

Following the disruption, Ayr Racecourse’s managing director David Brown praised the swift action of the police and security staff.

Speaking after the Grand National, he said: “The race went off to time, there was no notable delay and the professionalism of the team up here in Scotland was a credit to them, they dealt with it in a very efficient manner.

“What a great race it was and a great story for (trainer) Christian Williams to win it for the second year in a row with Kitty’s Light, after he finished second last year. I think for me, this is Scotland’s showpiece race and it all ran to time.”

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