Appleby Horse Fair Police: Two Men Arrested And ‘Number Of Weapons’ Seized

Two men have been arrested and enhanced police stop and search powers introduced in a town hosting an annual Gypsy and traveller fair.

A Section 60 order was put in place when Cumbria Police became aware of people heading to Appleby with the “intention of causing disorder”.

The arrested men, aged 37 and 24, from outside the county were held on suspicion of violent disorder.

Police said more arrests may follow after weapons were seized in the town.

The order began at 14:26 BST on Saturday and will remain in place until Monday.

Officers said the road at Battlebarrow was sealed off as a precaution to prevent individuals from accessing The Sands and the rest of the town centre.

Ch Supt Matt Kennerley said: “Expert officers are actively reviewing CCTV footage with the aim of identifying offenders and making further arrests.

“A number of weapons, including sticks and bats of various types, as well as bladed weapons have also been seized by officers.

“There is no place at Appleby for those who travel here intent on disorder and violence – and that is a message which comes not just from the police but the local, settled community and the overwhelming majority of the Gypsy and traveller community.”

Appleby Horse Fair is one of the largest gatherings for Gypsies and travellers in Europe.

It is a celebration the heritage of the travelling community and traditionally provides an opportunity for trading horses.

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