Police order helps make for a fun fair in Long Eaton

Erewash mayor Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal opens the Chestnut Fair. Photo: Steve Ingers.
Erewash mayor Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal opens the Chestnut Fair. Photo: Steve Ingers.

A decision to introduce a dispersal order at this year’s Chestnut Fair has been hailed as a huge success – after the event passed with no trouble, just lots of fun.

Police decided to introduce the order so they could break-up large groups of people behaving in an antisocial manner at the 15th annual event, held in Long Eaton, over the weekend.

But, thankfully, police never once used the dispersal order and the event passed without a single arrest.

Instead families, friends, children and adults alike enjoyed the sweets, treats, rides and amusements the fair had to offer.

Sergeant Liam Caldecott, of Long Eaton Neighbourhood Policing Section, said: “The dispersal was discussed informally with several groups of young people, but the discussion itself had the desired effect.

“There were no arrests at the event.”

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “The Chestnut Fair has become a wonderful, family tradition and I know that people of all ages look forward to mid-November and to welcoming this three-day fair to Long Eaton town centre.”