Melbourne Cup: Extra Security Measures To Be Implemented After NYC Attack

by | 11.01.2017 | 2:31pm
The Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy

Law enforcement officials in Melbourne, Australia, will have additional security measures in place to safeguard racegoers for the upcoming Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Reuters reports that this comes as a response to the incident Oct. 31 in New York, in which a man driving a rented pickup ran down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path. Eight people were killed and several more were injured during the attack. Authorities are calling it an act of terrorism.

The week-long Melbourne Cup carnival draws over 100,000 people annually in the lead-up to the “Race that stops a nation.”

“We learn from what's happening overseas and we ensure that we use any intelligence that is relevant,” Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told members of the media during a press conference Wednesday.

“In terms of a hostile vehicle incursion into the event, we plan and we have contingencies and we have measures in place to mitigate against that.”

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