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Wellingborough Horse Fair - Statement from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council Public Health and the Borough Council of Wellingborough

Published Saturday, 29 August 2020

Joint statement on Wellingborough Horse Fair

Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council Public Health and Wellingborough Borough Council continue to work closely with the organisers of the horse fair event this Bank Holiday weekend.

Between 50 and 80 caravans and cars, with about 200 people, are now on the 10-acre, privately owned field.

A joint visit to the site was undertaken this afternoon by officials, to assess compliance with regulations to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Public health officials have reviewed the site and measures are in place. They have assessed the risk of spread of the virus at this event remains low.

The organiser, who continues to engage positively with the authorities, has indicated there are unlikely to be many more people arriving at the site at this time.

Partner agencies, who remain very concerned by the heightened levels of infection in some parts of Northamptonshire, will continue to monitor numbers and activity at the site, and will continue to work with the organiser to ensure the risk of infection is minimised.  The appropriate agency will enforce Covid-19 regulations where necessary.

No incidents of crime, disorder or road disruption at the event site have been reported so far.  Northamptonshire Police will continue to respond to deter and deal with offending, either at the event or elsewhere in the local area, and additional officers are on duty throughout the Bank Holiday weekend across the county.