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Police continue to patrol Light and Life festival at Rutland Showground, Oakham amid reports of abusive language and person being spat at

Police have been called to reports of a person being spat at, abusive language being used and criminal damage caused to a tree.

The offences relate to a religious festival which has been hosted at Rutland Showground in Oakham this week and is set to end today (June 24) with the majority of attendees leaving tomorrow.

Throughout the week, the police, with helps from special officers, continued to carry out proactive patrols in the Oakham area to minimise trouble caused from the Light and Life event.

Aerial view of the Rutland Showground where about 1,500 travellers have descended for a Christian Festival
Aerial view of the Rutland Showground where about 1,500 travellers have descended for a Christian Festival

Superintendent Jonny Starbuck said: “As we have previously stressed, the Light and Life festival is a legal event and the majority of people visiting have been in the area to enjoy their faith.

"Unfortunately however, there have been some people engaging in crime and anti-social behaviour during the week which has understandably caused concern in the local community. We have been continuing to attend incidents which have been reported to us and investigating the matters which have been raised.

“Between 7am yesterday and 7am today, four crimes were reported to police in the Oakham area.

"Three of these were in relation to public order incidents including reporting of abusive language being used and a person being spat at. One report was in relation to criminal damage caused to a tree.

“These incidents are not acceptable and enquiries have been and are being carried out into the reports. No arrests have been made at this stage in connection with these reports.”

Leicestershire Police has been working closely with Rutland County Council and other partners during the past week to provide advice and guidance to organisers, to respond to incidents reported and to assist with traffic management.

Police will be assisting throughout today and tomorrow morning with traffic management, including staggering the exiting of vehicles from the site at Rutland Showground to minimise the impact caused on the highways.

Members of the public are asked to acknowledge that while officers will be making every effort to manage the traffic, the area is expected to be very busy particularly tomorrow morning and are urged to plan their journeys accordingly and use alternative routes if possible.

Supt Starbuck said: “As the Light and Life festival comes to an end, we are working with partners to ensure we keep a proactive and visible presence in the area and to continue engaging with organisers of the event, attendees, local residents and local business owners.

“This includes assisting with traffic management tomorrow as attendees leave the event. While we will be doing everything we can to minimise the impact the traffic has on the highways, we do ask that people understand the area will be busy and therefore plan their journeys accordingly to assist us with this.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported and co-operated with us over the past week as well as Rutland County Council and other partners for their ongoing work with us.

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