Police given dispersal powers for Barnstaple fair

Barnstaple fair.

Barnstaple fair. - Credit: Archant

Groups of two or more people cauing trouble can be dispersed from the area for 24 hours.

POLICE have been given section 30 dispersal powers to combat anyone causing trouble at Barnstaple fair and carnival.

Officers and PCSOs will be able to use the power, sanctioned by North Devon Council, at the Seven Brethren fairground, at Rock Park and in the town centre.

Sergeant Helen Holmes, local neighbourhood policing team leader, said: “The dispersal order is only one part of a package of measures which will include high visibility patrols and a proactive approach to dealing with any issues such as underage drinking.

“The message is if you cause problems on any evening during fair week, the police will effectively end your night.”

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Under the power, groups of two or more people can be dispersed from the area for 24 hours, and if the order is breached, can be arrested.

Police expect to use the power again over the Christmas and New Year period and say it will also be used during other major North Devon events.

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The fair will be held at Seven Brethren between September 18th and September 21st, with the Barnstaple Carnival on the Saturday.

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