Police have warned would-be troublemakers that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated at Bourne Festival.
Lincolnshire Police has pre-authorised a dispersal order ahead of this weekend’s event.
The power allows police to disperse individuals or groups causing or likely to cause antisocial behaviour in public places. Police officers and PCSOs will be able to order a person to leave an area and not return for up to 48 hours. Inspector Gary Stewart said: “I have pre-authorised the dispersal order at the event and the surrounding area after previous years have seen some visitors spoil the event for others by drinking too much and getting into fights.
“In 2013 fights were broken up around the festival, with one police officer getting assaulted.
“In 2014 underage drinking was reported by officers at the event, with young people being found drunk and often not in control on the periphery of the event and within. It will come into force at 6pm tonight (Friday) and stays in place until 6pm on Sunday night.
“We have taken this step because we want everyone who visits the event to be able to enjoy their experience free from any kind of disturbance or upset. The event is run by the Bourne and District Round Table and raises funds for charity.
“Live music, food and craft stalls and real ales are part of the table of events for what looks to be a sunny and fine weekend.”
For details on the event visit www.bournefestival.com.