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Royal Ascot: Two men arrested over 'fake money'

The Queen at Ascot on 14 June, 2011
Image caption The Queen was among the spectators at Ascot on Tuesday

Two men were arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the handling fake currency on day one of Royal Ascot.

A total of five people were held as more than 41,000 people joined the Queen at the Berkshire track on Tuesday for the start of the five-day festival.

A man, wanted by Essex police, was held on suspicion of burglary while two others were arrested on suspicion of affray, police said.

Last year, 10 arrests were made over the five days - down from 80 in 2009.

Despite the arrests, police said the first day of this year's event "passed off with very little concern".

Supt Andy Standen said: "Thames Valley Police is proud to be policing this annual event, which attracts around 300,000 race-goers over the week and is attended by her majesty the Queen and other senior members of the royal family.

"A lot of preparation has gone into making sure that the event passes off as smoothly as possible."

Day one saw wins for 3-10 favourite Frankel in the St James's Palace Stakes and Canford Cliffs, an 11-8 shot, in the Queen Anne Stakes.

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