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Police left stunned by town fights in Tenbury
POLICE, including dog handlers from three counties, had to be called in to deal with a serious outbreak of violence and public disorder in Tenbury.
The full extent of the alcohol fuelled fighting and criminal damage on the day of Tenbury Show is only just becoming clear.
PC Tracy Wood, of Tenbury Police, shocked Tenbury Town Council on Monday when she reported on the extent of the disorder that she said left experienced police officers shaken.
“I know one dog handler who used to work in Tenbury and was called in who said that he had never seen anything like it,” said PC Wood.
She said that 22 fights were reported and arrests were made as police fought to control the situation.
It seems that trouble flared as people flooded into Tenbury to go to an event on Palmers Meadow.
Police from the town were forced to call in reinforcements from Worcester, Leominster and Ludlow.
“It sounds as if it was absolutely horrific and I do not want to hear about anything like this again,” PC Wood said.
She said the event on Palmers Meadow, that otherwise would have been confined to the showground, spread the violence into the town. PC Wood said that more arrests would have been made but police struggled to cope with the number of statements they had to take.
She said that the violence on the day of the Tenbury Show had been one incident in a difficult three months for police in the town.
The summer had seen a string of incidents of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.
One of these had involved the smashing of glass at the Tenbury Pavilion where blood and DNA had been used in the investigation.
There had also been fires started in buildings on the derelict auction yard site and car crime had included a spate of hub cap thefts.
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