Epsom derby
The violence occurred at the prestigious Epsom derby Getty

Eleven people have been arrested following violent clashes between Epsom Derby racegoers and riot police. Images and photos from social media show beer bottles being hurled at police during the prestigious day of horse racing in Surrey.

Two people, including a police officer, were injured as a result of the bottled being thrown near to the music stage on Saturday, 4 June. The officer had a tooth knocked out and was taken to hospital for treatment for facial injuries while an 18-year-old received minor face and head injuries.

Suffolk Police arrested 11 people, including a 15-year-old in connection with the incident. Officers are now appealing for anyone who witnesses the disorder to come forward with information. Officers are also trying to identify potential witnesses from CCTV, and they are also being urged to come forward.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman said: "The Investec Derby Festival is a hugely popular event attracting many thousands of people from both the local area and wider afield. The majority of visitors come to have a good time and enjoy themselves and it is a small minority who cause trouble and spoil the atmosphere.

"Surrey Police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is urged to do the right thing and come forward.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have captured it on camera to contact police – any information could help officers piece together the events and bring those responsible to justice."

Epsom Derby arrests

  • A 20-year-old man from Caterham – suspicion of assault (GBH)
  • A 19-year old man from Caterham – suspicion of affray
  • A 19-year-old man from Reigate – affray
  • A 36-year-old man from Croydon – suspicion of affray, suspicion of possession of class B drugs
  • A 15-year-old boy from London – suspicion of violent disorder, suspicion of possession of cannabis
  • An 18-year-old man from Sutton – suspicion of affray
  • Two 18-year-old men, two 17-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy from Epsom – suspicion of affray