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Newmarket Nights organisers say event will be reviewed after families' criticism of Little Mix concert

PUBLISHED: 10:35 25 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:47 25 June 2017

Amy Starkey, managing director of Newmarket Racecourse, has responded to criticism about the event. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Amy Starkey, managing director of Newmarket Racecourse, has responded to criticism about the event. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Organisers of a horse racing and music event have responded to claims that drunken crowds became violent and trampled over young children during a performance by pop band Little Mix

The crowd watch Little Mix perform at Newmarket Nights. Picture: JOHN HOYThe crowd watch Little Mix perform at Newmarket Nights. Picture: JOHN HOY

Friday’s Newmarket Nights event at the Racecourse left some families “disgusted” by the behaviour and alleged lack of security.

Complaints posted on social media claimed some of the younger concert goers were injured by rowdy and drunken crowd-members, while others were said to have been left “traumatised” by their experience.

Disabled visitors also said they felt poorly treated by staff and some of the “VIP” guests, whose enclosure they were next to.

More: Families ‘disgusted’ after Little Mix at Newmarket Nights descends into drunken ‘scenes from hell’

Organisers have apologised to anyone who did not have a good experience and said they will review the event.

Amy Starkey, managing director of Newmarket Racecourse, said: “We had 22,000 people [on Friday] night on site to watch racing and Little Mix perform after racing.

“We widely advertise our music events as racing plus music. We had a steady flow of people arriving with a record number of police and security on site.

“The team and I remain absolutely committed to ensuring that anybody that comes to enjoy racing and or music has a good experience and if for whatever reason that experience isn’t in line with their expectation then I apologise.

“We also had our local authority safety advisory group last night conducting a full inspection and of course we will review the event in its entirety and look to improve based on customer feedback.

“Newmarket has hosted in excess of 200 music events in 30 years.”

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