The traveler community arrived from 6:30 a.m. for the race event

UNAUTHORIZED horse and trap racing resumed for a second day, forcing police to close part of the A33.

As reported yesterday, Hampshire Constabulary said it was dealing with travelers racing horses and traps along the A33 near Micheldever and Popham and closed one lane as a ‘safety measure for drivers’.

Police returned this morning and closed the northbound carriageway between Larkwhistle Farm Road and Woodmancott Junctions.

Yesterday, police seized three vehicles and arrested one person for impaired driving.

A member of the public told the Gazette that the race resumed this morning before 6.30am, with “dozens of travelers with ponies” and police already present.

It was reported yesterday that around 200 people were taking part in the unauthorized event, blocking the roadway and disrupting traffic.

Despite this, the police allowed the event to continue and the road closure was not lifted until around 4:30 p.m., as the officers remained there for much of the day.

Winchester MP Steve Brine told the Hampshire Chronicle he had been contacted by many constituents complaining about the disruption and said he had spoken to the chief constable about it.

He said: “Unauthorized activity is, clearly, unauthorized. The police must be fair but firm and enforce the law for the majority. Our roads are not race tracks. End of the story.”

A police spokeswoman yesterday described the situation as ‘dynamic’ and said ‘safety precautions’ were in place for those present at the event and other motorists using the road.

Police confirmed the event was organized by members of the Traveler community and “attracted a number of people”.

They have not been able to confirm whether the group is the same as the one staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Basingstoke, which last night had to call in security guards with dogs to handle a large group staying there a second night.

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