Cheshire Constabulary has hailed this year’s Nantwich Jazz Festival a success.
Officers were out in force throughout the bank holiday weekend to ensure that the festivities were observed in a good-natured manner, stepping in to take action where necessary. The operation was part of the Constabulary’s Street Safe initiative, which is tackling issues linked to public space violence, anti-social behaviour and the night-time economy.
Just a handful of incidents were reported to police, with officers making seven arrests – mainly for public order offences such as being drunk and disorderly.
Sergeant Ian Bennett, who oversees the Nantwich policing team within Crewe LPU, said: “Thousands of people descended on Nantwich to enjoy the jazz festival, which from a policing perspective, went well.
“Throughout the weekend, there was an increased police presence to ensure the event ran safely and to deter any anti-social or criminal behaviour. Overall, officers found the atmosphere to be friendly with most people behaving sensibly and having a happy and cheerful time.
“There was a small minority who did choose to act anti-socially and drink excessively but officers were on hand to advise those individuals and take action to prevent them from ruining it for others.”
Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane was pleased that the event passed largely without incident.
He said: “This is one of Nantwich’s biggest events and each year is always a celebration of great music and fantastic community spirit.
“Anti-social behaviour and violence is one of the biggest issues residents speak to me about and that is why I made it one my top priorities in my Police & Crime Plan. As with any event of this type, there is always the risk that minority could spoil it for the majority.
“Thankfully though, this does not appear to have been a major issue this weekend and I am delighted that our police operation over the festival was so successful. From what I have heard, families and residents from across the county and beyond had a great time. As Police and Crime Commissioner I’d like to thank all our officers and support staff for doing such a great job. A big ‘well done’ to everyone and we look forward to another great weekend next year.”
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