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Police investigate attempted robbery and anti-social behaviour relating to Light and Life event at Rutland Showground




Police are investigating attempted robbery and anti-social behaviour following chaos caused by festival.

Officers are maintaining a police presence in and around the Rutland Showground in Oakham today (June 21), after receiving reports of an increase in anti-social behaviour, criminal offences and driving offences as a result of a religious festival.

The event, which is a legally authorised festival on private land between Light and Life and Rutland Showground, has seen about 1,500 travellers flock to the town.

Aerial view of the Rutland Showground where around 1500 people have descended for a Christian Festival, Rutland.
Aerial view of the Rutland Showground where around 1500 people have descended for a Christian Festival, Rutland.

Superintendent Jonny Starbuck said that while the event is legal and permitted under current regulations, the force is working with event organisers and partners to ensure that Covid- 19 rules are followed.

He added: "Local officers continue to patrol on the ground and to engage with local business owners and licensed premises.

"We are investigating a number of offences including attempted robbery and anti-social behaviour. Two arrests have been made so far.

"Residents in the area continue to report anti-social behaviour which we are responding to.

"We are working closely with our partners, with the organiser and with participants at the event to ensure that people can go about their usual business with the least disruption.

Aerial view of the Rutland Showground where around 1500 people have descended for a Christian Festival.
Aerial view of the Rutland Showground where around 1500 people have descended for a Christian Festival.

"Where offences are committed, we will deal with them effectively and robustly.

"Our enhanced visible presence throughout the day, both around the site and in the town itself, is there to enhance reassurance to our local communities whilst also supporting a swift response where needed."

Anyone with any information is asked to report online at www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/ quoting reference log 186 of 19 June 2021 or to call 101.



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