TORRIDGE police have moved to allay fears for the future of the annual Winkleigh Fair following violence at last week's event. Three people were arrested following an incident at the rear of the village's Kings Arms pub in which police officers were punch

TORRIDGE police have moved to allay fears for the future of the annual Winkleigh Fair following violence at last week's event.Three people were arrested following an incident at the rear of the village's Kings Arms pub in which police officers were punched and kicked, sparking concern that the incident could put the event's future in jeopardy.But today (Friday) Sector Inspector Shaun Kenneally said: "I would like to reassure the Winkleigh Fair Committee and the local community that the police have no intention of preventing or changing the Winkleigh Fair Week. The police worked with the committee in preparation for this year's event, as in previous years, and will be doing the same again next year. "A very small minority of local people have tainted this year's Saturday evening event, which is a real shame, as I am advised this was one of the best Winkleigh Fair celebrations for years. People have worked very hard to ensure it's success. A drink- fuelled minority will not prevent the majority from enjoying their yearly celebrations, so while we deal with those involved, the message is a clear one from the local police and that is 'business as usual' next year.