Leicestershire and Rutland police and crime commissioner, MP for Rutland and chief constable respond to concerns over religious festival at Rutland Showground in Oakham
Police in Rutland are 'working hard' after a religious festival resulted in concerns from residents and business owners.
The festival, which was hosted at Rutland Showground in Oakham yesterday (Saturday, June 19) resulted in calls to the police after reports of significant problems in and around the showground.
In a tweet this morning, Rupert Matthews, Leicestershire and Rutland police and crime commissioner said: “I have received several complaints about the event at Rutland showground, and I am distressed to hear how little regard has been given to the residents of Oakham.
"There’s been intimidation and dangerous driving, not to mention breaking the covid rules.
“I have contacted the chief constable demanding an update now and a meeting tomorrow.
"Of course, I fully support the work that Rutland Police do in the action they are taking and urge residents with concerns to please dial 101.”
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.
Alicia Kearns MP for Rutland said: "I’m aware of concerns around reckless driving and incidents in Oakham [yesterday] related to a large event at Rutland Showground.
"I am liaising with the council and the police regarding compliance to covid regulations and monitoring concerns."
In a statement, the Rutland Agricultural Society which owns the showground said it was aware the event being hosted at the site off the bypass in Oakham was "causing disturbance to our neighbours" and apologised.
Chief constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, responded to a tweet voicing concerns about the event saying that Rutland Police 'have been working hard on this with the event organisers, venue and council'.