Watch as top cop reassures residents that Wellingborough Horse Fair is 'lawful'

Superintendent Dennis Murray issued the video statement

By Alison Bagley
Thursday, 27th August 2020, 4:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th August 2020, 4:58 pm

Northamptonshire Police have reassured residents living close to a Wellingborough horse fair taking place this weekend.

Superintendent Dennis Murray said that the force and Public Health were working with organisers of the fair to ensure they were Covid secure.

The event in Hardwater Road between Wollaston and Great Doddington is due to start tomorrow (Friday, August 27) and finish on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31).

Supt Murray said: " This a private piece of land owned by the travellers. We have assessed the legislation in relation to banning events, in relation to what is being proposed.

"We have worked with the organisers and we have discussed this with Public Health and we have discussed this with our council partners and we have come to the conclusion that Northamptonshire Police cannot do anything to ban this event based on the legislation that we have."

Businesses arouund the site have closed for the weekend and gateways have been blocked to prevent trespassers.

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