Six people arrested after violence at Beaconsfield fair

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By JulieGK | Thursday, May 12, 2011, 21:01

Six people have been arrested after violence erupted at Beaconsfield fair on Tuesday night.

Police want to reassure residents as they carry out investigations following the disorder at Beaconsfield Charter Fair.

Area Commander, Ch Insp Kate Ford, said: The fair is an annual event that is usually much looked forward to by the community and each year we have members of the neighbourhood policing team in attendance to speak to and engage with local residents.

“This year, just before 7pm, the officers who were there called for additional resources to help them to deal with some disorder that was beginning to happen.

“It seems that there were some groups of individuals at the fair intent on causing problems and three officers sustained minor injuries during this.

“Fortunately no member of the public was seriously injured.

“We did receive a report that a witness had seen someone with a handgun and deployed our armed response police officers to assess the situation.

“I would like to reassure the public that those suspected of being in possession of firearms were amongst the six people arrested, that no shots were fired and no firearms were recovered.

“This seems to have been a spontaneous incident of disorder that couldn’t have been foreseen and officers already present and those that subsequently attended responded to restore order and prevent injury.”

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of causing violent disorder, one has been placed before the court for breach of bail, one has received a Penalty Notice for Disorder and four are currently in police custody.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Det Sgt Pete Collett at Burnham police station via 0845 8 505 505, or if you don’t want to talk to the police or give your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.



  • Profile image for JulieGK

    I used to love going to Beaconsfield Fair when I was at school, many moons ago! The fair was one of the annual events we looked forward to as kids. Really sad that something like this should spoil it. I am sure they were a minority and I hope they don't stop people going along next year.

    By JulieGK at 18:32 on 30/05/11

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    I totally agree although i saw the baseball bat being held by a policeman after taking if from a youth i do not know how true the comment about the gun is but did see the armed response unit heading into the town and also the police escorting the youths to the train station just after 10pm

    From what i can gather the youths all aged i would say between 13-18 were from Wycombe and Slough and had pre arranged to meet/fight.

    To be honest there were only around 6 community police officers on the site when the trouble first started just after 7pm when the fair was very busy with many young children being rushed away from the scene by their parents.

    Apparently the youths fought each other more than once but after seeing the first fight break out i took the wise desision,like many other familys to leave as you could see it was going to boil over again.

    By mrbell1 at 23:59 on 26/05/11

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    A handgun in Beaconsfield? That's crazy! Are these troublemakers actually from Beaconsfield or do they come in specially just to cause trouble?

    By Greengaia at 18:03 on 26/05/11

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    No metion of the baseball bat police took from the trouble makers i see.Not sure how things like this can be swept under the carpet.its about time people knew the real facts.

    I myself have been going to the fair for many many years but im affraid to say i will no longer be going with my young family until the event can be policed properley.

    In my eyes with the amount of people that attend the fair,there is nowhere near enough real police on patrol that can deal with a handfull of youths intent on spoiling the event for so many genuine familys

    By mrbell1 at 17:56 on 26/05/11

  • Profile image for ClaireMitch

    it's a tragedy that an event like Beaconsfield Charter Fair, which is steeped in more than 800 years of history, has been reduced to a place for adolescent posturing and trouble making. Is there any way to turn this event around, and return closer to it's roots - we need a safe, friendly and nourishing public event, for the enjoyment of all local Beaconsfield families.

    By ClaireMitch at 19:12 on 15/05/11

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