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Epsom Derby weathers heavy morning showers

Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper expects the Epsom ground to remain predominately good despite a heavy shower ahead of this afternoon's Investec Derby.

The rain left the grounds wet and muddy, but the majority of the rain has finished for the day. Credit: PA

Six millimetres of rain fell this morning, mainly between 10am to 10.30am. Cooper said:

"It looks like we have had the worst of the forecast rain and we should be getting better, clearer weather from now on."

More: Intense, thundery downpours

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The Queen joins thousands for the Epsom Derby

The Queen has arrived for Derby Day at Epsom on the centenary of the race which saw a suffragette run in front of the King's horse. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Young snappers grabbed a close shot of Her Majesty ahead of the 4:00pm race, which will be seen by a racecourse crowd of more than 100,000. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
She has been joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for the mile-and-a-half Classic. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Read: Centenary of suffragette's death marked at Epsom

Centenary of suffragette's death marked at Epsom

The centenary of the death of suffragette Emily Davison, who threw herself in front of the King's horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby in her push for women's right to vote, has been marked with a new plaque at the racecourse.

The plaque has been attached to fencing at Tattenham Corner at Epson Downs Racecourse ahead of today's Derby.
Davison's ultimately fatal act shocked the nation but saw her hailed as a heroine among the suffragette's movement.

Police chase 'offender' after gun threat in Surrey

Surrey Police are attempting to locate an alleged gunman after a man was threatened in Epsom Downs.

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We have been dealing with incident in #Epsom Report of man threatened with gun in Epsom Downs. No info that man poses any wider threat.1/2

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