Appleby Horse Fair weapon crackdown as stop and search powers brought in

Roads have been sealed and emergency powers enacted as police feared major disorder at Appleby Horse Fair.

Cumbria Police was tipped off about people heading to the town “with the intention of causing disorder” and quickly sealed off the road at Battlebarrow, preventing these individuals from accessing The Sands and the rest of the town centre.

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Officers say the incident passed without disorder taking place but an investigation is under way and the force has issued emergency powers allowing it stop anyone and search them for weapons. It has implemented Section 60 and 60AA orders which also allows officers to demand anyone remove disguises.

The order began at 2.26pm today (11 June) and will run for 24 hours. It comes as thousands of people descend on the town for the annual Appleby Horse Fair.

Enhanced police powers are in place in this area
Enhanced police powers are in place in this area

Superintendent Matt Kennerley of Cumbria Police said: “Our officers acted swiftly to respond to the potential for disruption and prevent any escalation. We are working to identify those involved so action can be taken. The Section 60 and 60AA powers will help our officers to keep people safe. However, I also urge anyone with information about potential disorder or any other type of criminality to contact the police.

“Policing resources will be increased in key areas and at key times. In addition, people may see armed police in the Appleby area to allow such officers to respond swiftly and effectively to any potential situation that arises. Anyone who is seeking to come to the Fair to cause trouble or to be violent is not welcome. Such people should stay away so those who wish to enjoy an enjoyable and safe Fair are free to do so.”

Lancs Live – Cumbria