Footage of a blockade of police officers at Appleby Horse Fair has emerged showing how officers lined up to prevent suspected disorder.
Dozens officers lined up along Battlebarrow on Saturday (June 11) amid fears that a brawl could break out between rival groups. In the video, shared by TikTok user JohnnyXDianne, police are seen lining at one of the street with a large group filling the road a few hundred feet away.
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In the middle, two men seemingly attempt to act as negotiators and the group are eventually ordered to disperse before the officers thin out to let smaller groups pass through. The response came amid fears that violent disorder could break out in the town while the Appleby Horse Fair was taking place.
Cumbria Police said the blockade was put in place to stop people who were coming to the town with “the intention of causing disorder”.
Police ultimately introduced emergency powers allowing them to stop and search people without prior suspicion and recovered bats, blades and sticks. Two men, both from outside of Cumbria, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
Police have today said the Section 60 and 60AA powers – allowing officers to search anyone and order the removal of masks – have been extended for a further 24 hours.
Chief Superintendent 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.”