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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Traffic delays as Appleby Horse Fair draws to a close

Police are warning of traffic delays around Appleby as the area's annual Horse Fair draws to a close.

There was already this afternoon heavy traffic congestion on the A66 near Appleby and traffic was building up on the A66 eastbound.

Bow top carriages are being encouraged to use the Warcop route as an alternative

Police earlier confirmed that in the last 24 hours they have arrested 11 people for a variety of reasons, including minor drugs offences and being drunk and disorderly.

Superintendent Sean Robinson said: "Swift action has been taken when an incident arises and given the volume of people in the area, these arrests are proportionate.

“We also issued 13 dispersal orders yesterday, intended to keep people safe at the Horse Fair and prevent crime and disorder.

"These are given to people who are involved in anti-social behaviour, attempting to instigate fighting amongst other incidents, will be evicted from the area for 48 hours, which is the remainder of the fair.

“The vast minority are here to enjoy themselves and be involved in the family friendly atmosphere and we will take positive action against the minority of people who try to spoil this.

"We are now on the last day of the event and I would ask the Gypsy Traveller Family heads and people at the event to use their influence and keep working with us to prevent problems at the Appleby Horse Fair, keeping the event safe and enjoyable for everyone.

“Today, we continue our focus on road safety, yesterday the horse community worked well with us in reducing their speed and we hope this will continue today.

"We ask that children should be discouraged from jumping on the back of moving carriages or carrying too many passengers, we have had people injured in previous years. This is all aimed at their own safety, their passengers and that of pedestrians
and other roads users."

He added that traffic congestion would be an issue, but urged everybody to show patience, co-operation and understanding.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Melloy said that there was still concerns about dogs being left in cars in warm weather.

“We are in key areas across Appleby Horse Fair checking on animal welfare," he said.

“Dogs in cars remains an issue and we cannot emphasise enough the importance of leaving your dog at home. It is sunny today and it does get very warm, very quickly in cars or other vehicles.

“Please don’t put the life of your pet at risk, leave it at home where it will be safer and happier."

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