Ticket touts targeting the Cheltenham Festival could be constrained by anti-social behaviour laws after the council proposed control orders for the 2018 event.

The Cheltenham Borough Council is cracking down on touts during the National Hunt Festival in March, as well as The Showcase in October and The November Meeting.

The council’s proposed amendment to its Public Spaces Protection Order is to include a new prohibition on reselling tickets for horse racing events at the Prestbury Park course.

The council has announced a six-week consultation on the plan, which will close on January 5.

Public Spaces Protection Orders are designed to prevent individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public area where the behaviour is, or is likely to have, “a detrimental effect on the quality of life of others in the locality; and is also persistent or continuing in nature, and unreasonable”.

According to the Telegraph newspaper, councillor Andrew McKinlay, the borough council’s cabinet member for development and safety, said: “We are asking residents, visitors and partners’ views on a proposal to ban ticket touting during key horse racing events in certain part of the town.

“With horse racing events at the racecourse growing in popularity, the problems associated with ticket touting are increasing too.

“In order for the council and its partners to address this, we are proposing to vary the current Public Spaces Protection Order to include a ‘ban’ on this type of activity so that we can ensure people who visit or live in Cheltenham can do so in an enjoyable and safe way.”

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