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Police are continuing with their enquiries into a suspected firearm’s incident which happened late last night (9 June 2012)
At 11:15 pm a number of people reported hearing a loud bang, believed to be a firearm, the location of the incident has been confirmed as being on the Market Field camping area.
Police remained in the area overnight to reassure the public and deter any further incidents. A thorough search was carried out this morning and there has been no firearm’s located.
Assistance Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “We responded to a suspected firearms incident last night and will remain in the area today to provide reassurance to the public.
“The feedback received this morning has been very positive with the regards to the police responding and dealing with the incident swiftly and professionally.
“We appeal to anyone who as any information to come forward and speak to us.”
Since yesterday morning (Sat 9 June), thirteen people were arrested, mostly in relation to low level offences including drunk and disorderly and affray. This brings the total number of arrests to 24.
There have been three arrests for people driving over the legal limit, whilst this figure is low, it is still an indication that people are taking the risk to drive after drinking. The police are proactively seeking those who are putting people’s lives in danger by drink driving, which is in line with the summer drink drive campaign this month.
ACC Skeer added: “Despite the weather and the closing of the river yesterday people spirits have not been damped and people are still enjoying the fair, which is reflected in the low number of arrests.
“As the weekend draws to a close, our focus now turns to ensuring that people can leave Appleby safely. There are more bow tops and horse drawn vehicles at this year’s Fair and as these leave the area, it is essential that road users in and around Appleby continue to take care. I’d like to urge all drivers to lower their speed and allow extra time for their journey as delays are to be expected.”
The wet conditions have caused some access problems onto the fields in Appleby and with the volume of traffic the land as become muddy and slippy in places. Police are warning people to drive with care and if out walking about, be cautious on muddy areas.
Anyone with any information about the incident last night is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.