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Grand National protected by 'ring of steel' as armed police ensure Aintree security

Grand National meeting returns this week, but for the first time in its 182-year history the world’s most famous horse race will be run behind closed doors.And this year Aintree will see a huge police presence, with armed officers ensuring that no unauthorised punters manage to sneak in to join the small number of officials and racehorse owners allowed to witness the event.The race was cancelled entirely last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and sadly Tiger Roll won't be returning for a shot at an historic third title.The three day festival starts today, April 8, and runs until Saturday.A police spokesperson told the Daily Star that officers will be patrolling streets and footpaths in the area around the course to remind people of the.

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