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Rutland MP Alicia Kearns condemns criminal behaviour by minority of attendees of religious festival at Rutland Showground in Oakham

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Rutland's MP has been left 'deeply saddened' and 'disgusted' by a spate of criminal behaviour in the county this weekend.

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, Alicia Kearns MP said: "I’ve spent yesterday evening and this morning speaking to the Showground, police, Rutland County Council and our Police and Crime Commissioner to make our concerns known.

Alicia Kearns MP
Alicia Kearns MP

"We are working together to support and protect residents.

"I’ve requested a significant increase in police presence. I’ve also asked what measures are in place if we see continued breaches of covid restrictions from attendees of the event.

"The police increased their presence yesterday evening, and today an increased police presence from Leicestershire will be supporting residents and visiting businesses to understand what they witnessed or experienced yesterday and concerns they have so that policing can meet those needs."

Rutland Showground
Rutland Showground

Mrs Kearns highlighted the importance of reporting crimes, which people can do by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Or to report a breach of Covid-19 regulations, click here.

An event, such as the religious festival at the Rutland Showground, can only be closed down if it breaches Covid-19 regulations consistently or if continued criminality takes place.

Mrs Kearns added: "Covid rules allow the holding of outdoor events of 4,000 people or 50 per cent capacity of the Showground to currently go ahead.

"However, the criminality by a minority of attendees that has taken place in our community around the event is unacceptable. And I understand fully why residents are angry that other events have been cancelled.

"I don’t want to see our hard work to protect our communities from Covid-19 in any way put at risk, and it is unacceptable for our wonderful and welcoming community to face criminality as has been seen on videos and reported to police.

"I want to see an immediate end to the intimidation and criminality too many residents have witnessed, and I will continue to keep the pressure on to achieve this however I can."

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