244 people were given formal warnings by Police for cannabis possession during the Cambridge Strawberry Fair.
In total, there were 27 arrests for a variety of offences and another 46 people were arrested and granted street bail. This means the total number of arrests at this year’s Strawberry Fair was 73.
Eight people were handed penalty notices for disorder and urinating in public.
A further eight people were reported to the courts for summons and the British Transport Police dealt with more than 75 people. The majority of these offences were for cannabis possession.
During last year’s Strawberry Fair, only 38 people were arrested for drugs and public order offences. However, 20 fixed penalty notices were handed out to people urinating and defecating in the street.
Superintendent Simon Megicks, who led the weekend’s Police operation, told Heart: “The weekend was very busy and officers worked hard to help make this an enjoyable, safe event. We took action against people who flouted the law. It is a disappointment that there were more than 400 prosecutions.”
The Police message in the run up to the fair largely focussed on alcohol and the irresponsible sale of booze, and Supt. Megicks added that part of their planning seems to have been a success: “We did a lot of work with off-licensees in the lead up to the fair, and I am pleased to say the majority of licensed premises around the town listened to our messages and acted responsibly.”