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Policing the Appleby Fair – Cumbria Constabulary

Travellers and gypsies have held a horse fair at Appleby-in-Westmorland since 1685. Each June, Appleby’s population of 2,500 swells to 30,000 as people gather to celebrate the week-long event.

Planning for the policing of the fair begins in February with a Special Constable, working with regular colleagues, organising the deployment of Specials for the duration of the fair and ensuring 24/7 shift cover.

When the fair is underway, Special Constables carry out a variety of duties, including foot and car patrols, but also spend time engaging with travellers, gypsies, the local community and fair visitors. In previous years, this has even extended to Specials riding travellers’ horses and driving horse-drawn buggies.

The fair is a great opportunity for Specials to experience policing a major event, which involves liaising and engaging with different groups of people, while working alongside police officers and support staff from across the Constabulary.

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