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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Pair charged after disorder at Whitehaven Festival

Two men have been charged with public order offences after trouble flared at Whitehaven Festival.

Both men, who live at Ribton Moorside in Hensingham, also face another charge – Desmond Dixon, 52, for resisting arrest and 22-year-old Jake Dixon for police obstruction.

Extra police had to be drafted in to help officers in Whitehaven cope during the festival weekend last month as drink-related trouble escalated.

On the Saturday night 11 people were arrested and 31 banned from the town for up to 24 hours.

In total, more than 20 arrests were made over the three days of the family festival and more than 50 people were given temporary bans.

The police inspector in charge of policing the town said the force had dealt with a “significantly higher level” of alcohol-related disorder during the festival than for some years.

Both Desmond and Jake Dixon have been bailed to appear before magistrates on July 24.

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