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Rutland County Council respond to concerns over religious festival at Rutland Showground in Oakham

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Police are increasing patrols in Rutland and putting in place special measures, following reports of crime across the county this weekend.

A religious festival being hosted at Rutland Showground in Oakham yesterday (Saturday, June 19) has prompted complaints and concerns for safety.

Social media posts allege that there have been issues surrounding dangerous driving, intimidation of members of staff at businesses, looting and death threats.


Some hospitality businesses in the county reportedly closed early last night due to the issues.

Rutland County Council is aware of the issues and is working closely with the police following the disturbances.

A spokesman for Rutland County Council said: "Our top priority is to protect residents and businesses and we are working closely with the police and showground to do this.

"The police are increasing patrols around the county, particularly in Oakham and the surrounding area and are putting in place special measures to ensure the continued protection of the community.

"They are in ongoing communication with the event organisers."

Rutland County Council is also looking at any action that could be taken under Covid-19 regulations to tackle the issues.

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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