The total number of detainees in relation to the altercations caused in the Grand National horse race held this Saturday, whose start was delayed by a group of animalists, amounted to 118, as confirmed by the British police.

Although the body initially detained nine people who managed to access the Aintree racecourse, near Liverpool (United Kingdom), it later confirmed that its agents made 118 arrests for both “criminal damage and public order offences”, some produced before the race and others related to protests that blocked the M57 road.

The incidents delayed the start of the event by 14 minutes, scheduled for 16:15 GMT, in which the horse ‘Corach Rambler’, ridden by jockey Derek Fox, prevailed. In the eventful event, the horse ‘Hill Sixteen’ died as a result of a fall produced in the first obstacle.

In a brief statement, the police say that “just after 5:00 p.m. (local time), a large number of protesters tried to access the race.” “Most of them were prevented from breaking the fences that delimited it, but nine individuals managed to enter the race and were later detained by agents,” the body explains.

Television footage showed some activists attempting a Grand National before being removed by police, while others tried to climb to gain access to the terrain or glued themselves to security fencing. The Animal Rising animal group, which had previously demonstrated outside the venue, confirmed on social media that its activists had agreed to the event.

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