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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