POLICE will carry out patrols at a town fun fair after problems with fighting at the event in the past.
Officers from the Wellingborough Safer Community Team began carrying out high-visibility patrols at the fair on Bassett’s Park, West Villa Road, Wellingborough, on its first day on Sunday and will continue until the fair comes to an end on Tuesday, May 8.
The Evening Telegraph reported in 2010 that rival gangs of teenagers armed with sticks and baseball bats had been involved in fights at the fair on two nights.
So police put on patrols at last year’s fair and will build on that with this year’s patrols.
Wellingborough police sector commander Insp Nick Lyall said the fair was intended to be fun and bad behaviour would not be tolerated.
He said: “Historically it’s been an opportunity for people to cause nuisance and cause us a few problems.
“Since then we have made sure we have put a direct response around it, which we are doing again this year, to encourage people to enjoy it for the right reasons and not mess about – if they do they will get dealt with.”
PCSO Martin Usher said: “The message is to enjoy your visit to the fair at Bassett’s Park and allow others to do likewise.
“Although it is only a small percentage of people who choose to cause disruption, anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with our partner agencies to resolve this problem.”
Officers and PCSOs will be on hand at the fair to offer advice and discuss any issues, and action will be taken to tackle those seen to spoil other people’s enjoyment with anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Bassett’s Park is included in Wellingborough’s Designated Public Place Order. Police said as a result of this, penalty notices for disorder will be given to anyone under the age of 18 years who is seen drinking alcohol there.
Last year’s Wellingborough fair made headlines when Patrick O’Brien, 46, from Shoreham in West Sussex, who had worked for the Stevens fun fair for more than 20 years and befriended many locals on his annual visits to Wellingborough, was killed while helping to set the fair up.
Mr O’Brien, who was known as Stubby, was involved in an incident with a reversing lorry which was carrying a ride.