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Epsom racecourse roof damaged in high winds

Epsom racecourse has been evacuated today after part of the grandstand roof was damaged in high winds.

The roof of the recently-built Duchess Stand “lifted” in the severe winds, according to Epsom Downs official Twitter feed, prompting officials to evacuate the racecourse.

Officials added that there have been no injuries and a full investigation into the precise cause of the accident will follow.

Contractor Wilmott Dixon constructed the 11,000 capacity grandstand at a cost of £25M in 2009.

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