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Oakham Town Council responds to issues surrounding religious festival at Rutland Showground

A council has been left 'disappointed in the miscommunication' surrounding an event in Rutland, which has caused concerns for residents across the county.

A religious festival, which is being hosted at Rutland Showground in Oakham has resulted in calls to the police after reports of significant problems of criminality in and around the showground yesterday (June 19).

In a statement on Facebook, Oakham Town Council said: "We are as concerned as the rest of the population of the significant impact that the current event at Rutland Showground is having on Oakham.

Police news (48355004)
Police news (48355004)

"We are liaising closely with Rutland Police and have been reassured that the situation is being managed by extra patrols including 24-hour presence from a traffic policing team."

The event, which is a legally authorised festival on private land between Light and Life and Rutland Showground, can only be closed down if it breaches Covid-19 regulations consistently or if continued criminality takes place.

"We are very disappointed in the miscommunication surrounding this event," said Oakham Town Council.

Rutland Police are patrolling the county this evening. Photo: Rutland Police
Rutland Police are patrolling the county this evening. Photo: Rutland Police

"Whilst we respect and believe in religious freedom, an event of this size will always require transparent communication in order to have the correct management in place."

Rutland Police are being supported by officers from Melton as well as special constables, the Road Policing Unit and Tactical Support Team throughout the night and upcoming days.

People are urged to report any crimes online at www.leics.police.uk or by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency

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