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Alicia Kearns MP for Rutland sets out plan to stop disturbances and crime from Christian event at Rutland Showground in Oakham

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Rutland's MP has labelled the disturbances from a festival being hosted in the county as 'unacceptable'.

Last night (June 20) there were more disturbances and further intimidation across the community, due to a religious festival taking place at the Rutland Showground in Oakham.

The outdoor event is self-contained, using no on-site facilities other than a set of fields of about 45 acres, and hosted about 1,500 adults and children in their own motor homes and caravans.

Alicia Kearns
Alicia Kearns

There were a number of arrests yesterday at the Rutland Showground, following reports of criminal behaviour.

Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland, in a statement has set out the issues she plans to tackle today.

These include the noise levels as she said it's 'not acceptable that those at the showground are playing loud music after 11pm', to stop the racing on Oakham Bypass and procure a constant police presence for the bypass, secure support for businesses who should feel safe to remain open as 'too many felt they had to close yesterday and today' and to ensure the enhanced police presence is maintained.

Mrs Kearns said: "As I’ve been clear with police, we need pre-emptive, and strong, policing at all times, especially evenings. I want the enhanced police units and drone unit maintained."

She added that 'the abuse of shop workers is appalling'.

Mrs Kearns also 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.

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