United front on horse fair hailed as success

Officials have praised a mainly ‘efficient and trouble free’ horse fair - despite complaints of shoplifting and upset in the town centre last weekend.

The popular two-day travellers’ fair returned to Thickthorn last weekend in the second of three annual events.

Despite reports of shoplifting, horses being left outside pubs and even animal muck being thrown at a police car, the impact of the weekend was described as a ‘significant improvement’ on April’s event.

The success has been put down to increased police presence and improved traffic management to prevent road chaos returning.

Cllr Andrew Mobbs (Con, Parkhill), said he is awaiting an official report on the reported town centre incidents, but that in terms of traffic management and complaints from residents, the weekend was “a marked improvement”.

The Warwick District Council council leader said: “From the feedback I have had from those living nearby, and what I saw over the weekend, I am confident that traffic management was much better on this occasion.

“I am aware of some issues in the town and they are being looked into by officers and the police.

“But my intention is that we can continue to see how we can strengthen the future arrangements for this event and keep measures in place to reduce impact on our town.”