Young brothers and family barred from future Kenilworth horse fairs

The entrance to the land where the horse fair takes place off Thickthorn Island. Copyright: Google Street View
The entrance to the land where the horse fair takes place off Thickthorn Island. Copyright: Google Street View
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Two thefts and two incidents of antisocial behaviour allegedly committed by four young brothers in Kenilworth last weekend caused them and their family to be barred from all future fairs.

The thefts occurred in Sainsbury’s and the Shell garage in Warwick Road, and the antisocial behaviour involved bystanders being sprayed with ‘silly string.’

The four brothers, aged between six and 11, were apprehended and dealt with by police in connection with those incidents.

After being dealt with, horse fair organisers subsequently banned the boys and their entire family from any future fairs.

The was one violent crime during the fair - a minor assault which resulted in no injuries to the victim.

Apart from those incidents, the fair was relatively quiet. It attracted 12,000 visitors, far fewer than expected.

PC Caine Pickering of Kenilworth Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It was much quieter than in April and July, and we never had travellers setting up early around the area.

“There were no attempts to get onto land in Kenilworth this time either.

“The organisers put it down to the weather forecast - I think some travellers were worried about their caravans getting stuck on the fields if it rains.”

Inspector Dafydd Goddard of Warwickshire Police said: “The ongoing improvements to the on-site traffic management system appeared to benefit the Leamington Road and there was a continuous flow of traffic onto the site throughout the day.

“Apart from some limited and short delays when the visitors exited the site at the end of the day, traffic flowed freely throughout.

“Importantly, neither Thickthorn Island nor Kenilworth experienced any traffic issues throughout the entire event.”

Police and district council officers will be having a debriefing on this year’s horse fairs soon. The date has yet to be confirmed.

The next horse fair will take place on Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30 next year.