Travellers arrive for Brigg Horse Fair
Despite numerous attempts to deter out-of-town visitors, members of travelling communities have arrived in Brigg for the horse fair this week.
The event has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but participants are still arriving.
North Lincolnshire Council warned attendees that they wouldn’t be welcome, but that doesn’t seem to have worked either.
Police had also called for the event to be cancelled, but this has proved incredibly difficult.
Locals have reported seeing people with horses congregating outside pubs and buggies going up and down the streets, as well as travellers occupying in the car park on Station Road.
The primary difficulty is that the Brigg Horse Fair doesn’t even have a formal organiser.
This has made it very difficult for authorities enforce a cancellation of the event, which usually sees the buying and selling of horses.
Chief Inspector Paul French of Humberside Police said:
“Brigg Horse Fair is a long-established event attended by Gypsy and Traveller communities.
“Unlike other events in the horse fair calendar, Brigg has no formal organisers who can call off the event, and we are aware that a number of travellers have already arrived in the area.
“As always, our teams are engaging with both the travelling community and with the residents and business owners in Brigg to offer reassurance to all and we will continue to do so.
“Our teams are in the area, dealing with all reports of crime and antisocial behaviour as normal, and I would encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to us.
“We understand there is concern amongst local communities about the risks associated with the spread of Covid-19 and we ask the people work with us at this challenging time to protect public health.
“Our approach continues to be to engage, explain and encourage people to adhere to the guidelines that are in place to keep us all safe and would remind people to observe social distancing to prevent any risk to themselves or others.”
Police say that they are engaging with the traveller communities to manage the situation.
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