GOOSE FAIR: Notts Police deploy plain clothed officers to stop offenders

Nottinghamshire Police will deploy plain clothed officers at the Goose Fair this week to stop trouble occurring.
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Teams of community protection officers, including Trading Standards, will be working alongside Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, East Midlands Ambulance Service and St John’s Ambulance in the lead up to and during the event, which runs until Sunday at the Forest Recreation Ground.

The world’s oldest travelling fair dates back 700 years and attracts people from all over the world.

The plain clothed officers will be mixing in with crowds to spot offenders and reduce crime levels.

Chief Inspector Mark Stanley said: “Thousands of people go to the Goose Fair every year and the vast majority just want to enjoy themselves - there are only a select few who cause problems.

“By working in partnership we are able to make this a great event for citizens ensuring they keep safe and enjoy their time at the fair.”

People attending are being asked to think ahead in the lead up to the event and to plan accordingly.

Visitors are also advised to keep their belongings such as mobile phones, wallets and keys, safe and secure.

Those who are planning to drive should be aware that the only parking available is for blue badge holders. Those who park elsewhere are advised to park in a well-lit area and not to leave items on show in their cars.

Parents and carers are advised to arrange a pre-planned place to meet their children should they become lost.

People are also encouraged to use public transport to travel to and from the fair as the roads around the recreation ground can become congested.

Check Nottingham City Council’s website for roads which may be affected.