Cambridge: Minimal Crime At Strawberry Fair

2 June 2013, 08:30

Cambridgeshire Police have told Heart there were only TWO arrests at this year's Strawberry Fair.

Tighter security and rules on the amount of alcohol allowed on site from last year were strengthened this - including having just four staffed entrance and exits to Midsummer Common.

No more than four cans of beer or equivalent per person, no spirits, and no glass was allowed on the Common during the event and Cambridgeshire Police said they were scaling back the amount of officers on duty this year compared to last year - because only 5 arrests were made in 2012.

During previous years, there have been arrests for alcohol and drug misuse at the event.

There were also reports of people urinating in the front gardens of nearby homes.

The event was cancelled in 2010 following Police concerns, but returned in 2011.

Inspector Steve Poppitt, in charge of the operation, said: "This year's event has a real family focus and we have been working hard with the Strawberry Fair Committee and City Council.

Our planning has looked at the best way to tackle past issues at the event and minimise disruption for residents."

Speaking to Heart after the clean-up operation started, Cambridgeshire Police say only two arrests were made yesterday (Saturday 1st June); one for a drugs related offence and one for a "minor public order offence".

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