Policing plan in place for Strawberry Fair
A COMMUNITY policing operation will be in place for this year’s Strawberry Fair.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary has been working closely with fair organisers and Cambridge City Council to ensure a fun, family-friendly event for visitors this weekend.
Inspector Steve Poppitt, in charge of the community policing operation, said: “This year’s event has a real family focus and we have been working hard with the Strawberry Fair Committee and city council.
“Our planning has looked at the best way to tackle past issues at the event and minimise disruption for residents.
“Local officers will be on hand to ensure public safety and support the fair organisers’ security operation.
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“There will be practical measures in place to prevent the fair being spoiled by alcohol or drug misuse and criminal and anti-social behaviour.”
Last year saw the return of the event following a two-year break.
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Richard Brown, chairman of the Strawberry Fair committee, said: “Strawberry Fair has been working closely with the police and city council to build on the success of last year’s fair and create a happy, safe event for everyone to enjoy.
“Meeting the rigorous safety standards doesn’t come cheap and we hope that people will show their appreciation for this free volunteer-run event by making a small donation, online at http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk/ or as the buckets go round on the day.”
Medieval activities, cabaret and fire juggling are just some of the attractions at this year’s event.
The fair site will have perimeter fencing with only three public entrances at Maids Causeway, Walnut Tree Avenue and Mitcham’s Corner.
All entrances will be staffed by stewards organised by the Strawberry Fair and there will be strict security measures in place for those wishing to enter.
No more than four cans of beer or equivalent per person, no spirits, and no glass will be allowed on Midsummer Common during the event.
Community police officers will be on the perimeter fence and CCTV will be operating during the fair on Saturday, June 2.
Between noon on Thursday, May 31 and 6am on Sunday, June 3, Walnut Tree Avenue will be closed.
Footpaths crossing Midsummer Common will be diverted between 11am and 11pm.