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Force preparing to police next week's Royal Ascot

Thames Valley Police are preparing their operation for policing Royal Ascot which begins next week Tuesday.

The force says a "significant security operation" will be in place during the five-day event which will be attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family.

"Thames Valley Police has been involved in policing Royal Ascot for many years. Every year is different but the challenge remains the same for us to support those attending as well as those living near to Ascot Racecourse.

"The event attracts a global audience and thousands of prestigious visitors but our planning and approach is no different to any other large scale public operation.

"A great many officers and staff have been working on the plans in partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and neighbouring police forces. We anticipate the focus remaining firmly on the track but will remain ready to respond if required."

– Supt Jim Weems, Thames Valley Police

The crazy world of crazy golf - but who won?

This weekend may have featured the Champions League and French Open Finals but the sporting event 'par excellence' was to be found in Hastings.

That's where the fifth international World Adventure Golf Masters was staged - with Great Britain vying for supremecy against the Germans.

You'd have been crazy to miss it, but who won?

Andy Dickenson found out and spoke to Sean Homer, captain of the Great Britain squad, Pasi Aho of the World Mini Golf Federation, Melanie Hammerschmidt from Germany and Dr Surha Yeodikar of India.

Meet the stars of the Crazy Golf World Cup

The eyes of the world - at least the world of crazy golf fans - are on Hastings this weekend for the fifth international World Adventure Golf Masters.

Germany won last year but plenty of other countries are getting into the swing of this unique tournament, as Andy Dickenson reports.

He speaks to Great Britain captain Sean Homer, Sweden's Peter Eisenschmidt, Pasi Aho, director of the World Mini Golf Sport Federation, Germany's Melanie Hammerschmidt and current champion Oleg Klassen, as well as Dr Surha Yeodikar of India.


Why no scenic railway on Dreamland's opening day? - Reaction

The new scenic railway at Dreamland in Margate will not be ready for the amusement park's grand re-launch on June 19th.

Thanet council told ITV News Meridian that delays in preparing the carriages for the wooden rollercoaster were to blame - and that it was not possible to say when they would be ready.

It's a major blow for organisers who say that visitors with tickets for opening day will be offered the chance to come back again when the railway is working.

We speak to Thanet council leader Cllr Chris Wells and Eddie Kemsley, CEO of Dreamland.

All other attractions 'on track' for Dreamland launch

The Scenic Railway during its reconstruction Credit: The Dreamland Trust

The CEO of Dreamland has been speaking about how he is looking forward to the restored theme park's launch on 19th June. While the main attraction - the Scenic Railway - will not be open in time for the launch, Eddie Kemsley said all the other rides would be available.

“All other attractions due to open as part of phase one, are on track for 19 June. This launch represents a considerable achievement in bringing Dreamland to life once again and everyone in Margate and involved in the project should be very proud.

"The opening night Hullabaloo party with special guest performances from Marina and the Diamonds and Chas and Dave is going to be fantastic and a great way to mark the start of Dreamland’s new future. Tickets to the opening night are almost sold out.”

– Eddie Kemsley, CEO of Dreamland

Dreamland Scenic Railway not ready in time for launch

The Scenic Railway at an earlier stage in its restoration Credit:

Thanet District Council has confirmed that Dreamland's scenic railway - the attraction's centrepiece - will not be finished in time for the launch of the revamped theme park in Margate on the 19th June.

Work to the railway's timber frame structure is almost complete, but there is continuing restoration to the trains.

All of the other rides and attractions due for phase one will be open as planned, with existing ticket holders having been informed and offered a free return visit at a later date.

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