Police praised for safe carnival

SAFE and secure was the aim of the game for Dunmow s police unit, to try and ensure that last week s carnival was the safest ever. Only one arrest was made on the day, and the unnamed man is now on police bail for vandalism, but on the whole the police ha

SAFE and secure was the aim of the game for Dunmow's police unit, to try and ensure that last week's carnival was the safest ever.

Only one arrest was made on the day, and the unnamed man is now on police bail for vandalism, but on the whole the police have hailed this year's carnival as a big success.

Sgt James Gilchrist, from the local neighbourhood policing team, said: "Overall I am very pleased with the way the day went.

"I was pleased to see so many people turn out to support charities, organisations and other groups represented in the carnival parade.


You may also want to watch:


"The police operation, led by local officer PC Neville Hayden, was well planned, and I would like to express my particular thanks to the officers from the special constabulary who gave up their free time to help keep the event safe and enjoyable."

This year's operation involved a total of 20 officers who worked from morning to night, closing off roads, diverting traffic and keeping a close eye on the concerts and fireworks.

Most Read

Many of the officers on the parade route were special constables, and therefore volunteers.

A spokesman said: "Our mobile police station which was in the recreation ground during the event went down really well. A number of children popped in to speak to officers, and one dad found himself being 'arrested' so that his children could get a good look at the kit we use."

Do you think the carnival was the safest ever? Or would you like to see even more police involvement? E-mail us at nick.thompson@archant.co.uk

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter