Hundreds of travelers have come to a village for a gypsy mass despite calls to scrap it over coronavirus fears.
Dozens of trailers and vehicles were seen in a field for the Wellingborough Horse Fair near Wollaston, Northamptonshire on Saturday when footage of revelers dancing together surfaced.
Around 200 people are expected to attend the event over the holiday weekend, although it is illegal to hold gatherings of more than 30 people.
The horse fair was allowed to close despite the request to close, as there were fears that Covid-19 could spread and the county is close to the local lockdown.
Despite coronavirus fears, hundreds of travelers flocked to Wollaston, Northamptonshire for the annual horse fair
They were seen gathered together, regardless of social distancing and without face masks
Above is a group enjoying the annual horse fair in the field. Local businesses have closed due to the risk
Locals have raised concerns that coronavirus infections could be brought to the area through the show
Businesses and pubs in the surrounding villages have closed their doors while hundreds of travelers enjoy themselves on the grounds, which features a beer tent, food and a disco.
Police said there had been no crime reports – but footage has surfaced on social media showing punters dancing, crammed into a tent like sardines.
A resident who refused to be named said: “We cannot believe that this event was allowed to take place.
The police have stated that there have been no incidents and that the entire event does not violate COVID regulations.
“Still, they have the bare cheek to broadcast a video live on Facebook of being penned up like sardines while the police are allegedly patrolling the area.
“This comes at a time when no more than 30 people can attend a wedding and only a handful can attend funerals, and the police are breaking up parties in people's back gardens.
“It seems like a rule for us and not for them. It is totally outrageous. & # 39;
Police have told residents that the entire event does not violate coronavirus restrictions (see image above).
The travelers have huddled together in a field to enjoy the horse fair. The online video shows them dancing close together
Extravagant Travelers Events shared a video on Facebook that read: & # 39; Wellingborough Horsefair yesterday. We rocked the tent last night. Roll on Part 2 tonight. & # 39;
The footage shows hundreds of people standing shoulder to shoulder in a tent, dancing to music and drinking beer.
However, police said there had been no reports of crime or riot and that the organizers of DJ Lady and QDs Horse Fair had continued to "work positively with the authorities".
A press secretary said: & # 39; Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council Public Health and Wellingborough Borough Council are continuing to work closely with horse show organizers this holiday weekend.
“Between 50 and 80 caravans and cars with around 200 people are now privately owned on the 10 hectare field.
& # 39; Officials held a joint site visit this afternoon to assess compliance with regulations to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Public health officials have checked the website and taken action. You assessed the risk of the virus spreading in this event as low.
& # 39; The organizer, who continues to deal positively with the authorities, has indicated that at this point in time, not many people will likely arrive at the location.
The caravans and cars are shown all parked together for the fair, where horses are demonstrated and exchanged
& # 39; The competent authority will enforce the Covid-19 regulations if necessary. No incidents of crime, disruption or traffic disruption have been reported at the venue, "said a Northamptonshire police spokesman
& # 39; Partner agencies who remain very concerned about the increased levels of infection in some parts of Northamptonshire will continue to monitor numbers and activity at the site and will continue to work with the organizer to ensure that the risk of infection is minimized.
& # 39; The competent authority will enforce the Covid-19 regulations if necessary. So far, no incidents of crime, disruption or traffic disruption have been reported at the venue.
"Northamptonshire Police will continue to act to deter and combat violations either at the event or elsewhere in the area, and additional officers will be on duty throughout the entire bank holiday weekend across the county."
Earlier this week, a Tory MP called for the horse fair to be canceled – and said it was "completely irresponsible".
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone said the gathering should not come at a time when the county has tightened existing restrictions on Covid 19.
He said, “It seems to me that it is very irresponsible to keep this horse fair while we have additional Covid restrictions.
“I would encourage people not to attend the event if it is taking place. For many weeks I have been working with the police, the Borough Council of Wellingborough, and other agencies to try to stop the event.
"I visited the site myself and in my opinion, such a big event in the middle of the pandemic, if there are additional local restrictions, is unacceptable."
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone said the gathering should not come at a time when the county has tightened existing restrictions on Covid 19. The event is pictured above
Superintendent Adam Ward said prior to the event, “The police do not have the power to ban such an event under Covid legislation and we are working with other agencies who have a broader role and authority in relation to the legislation.
& # 39; Along with these agencies, we continue to work with the horse fair organizer to ensure that they plan and run the event safely, lawfully and in a way that minimizes the spread of the virus.
& # 39; A slew of other public events, including music events and food and beer fairs, are held across the county, where organizers are working with authorities to ensure the public is safe and the events comply with laws and guidelines from Covid.
& # 39; The horse fair is one such event. We remain very concerned that there is a risk of the infection spreading at public events. If necessary, the police and our partner agencies will work together to enforce Covid's laws and regulations if they are not followed. & # 39;
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