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MP to chair open meeting in Sedbergh as new plans are revealed to prevent anti-social behaviour ahead of Appleby Fair

March 4, 2010 12:00 AM

MP Tim Farron tonight will be chairing a meeting of police, council officials and local residents in Sedbergh to allow the public to ask questions to the police and local authorities about the new plans recently agreed to prevent a repeat of last year's anti-social behaviour by a minority of travellers in the weeks preceding Appleby Horse Fair.

The meeting tonight starts at 7:30pm at Sedbergh's People's Hall. The Horse Fair begins in the first week of June, but the anti-social behaviour plagued residents from 9 May onwards last year.

Since then, Tim Farron has led moves to improve policing and regulation for 2010 to prevent a repeat of last year's chaos. In January, Tim brought together the local residents' group, police and local authorities to agree a plan and the following actions were agreed:

  • There will be controls and restrictions along the length of the Cautley Road to prevent a repeat of last year's inappropriate encampments. These controls will be publicised locally and throughout the traveller community so that they know that a repeat of last year's situation will not be permitted.
  • There will be an increased permanent police presence in Sedbergh and Cautley to prevent abuses and to reassure residents
  • As well as a visible uniformed presence, there will be detectives attached to the unit so that any criminal behaviour will be properly dealt with
  • There will be a dedicated 24 hour telephone number to give residents access to local police in the event that they have any concerns

Tim said: "We are making great progress towards to plan that I hope will solve the issues we had last year. Tonight's meeting provides the wider local community a chance to hear the new plan and voice their opinions on it. I want to make sure that the community is heard loud and clear by the police and local authorities and I hope anyone affected by the issues surrounding the Appleby Horse Fair will come along and let us know what they think."