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Glam travellers attend Appleby Horse Fair despite ‘serious violence’ warnings

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Glammed-up women have been strutting their stuff at the Appleby Horse Fair as armed police swoop on reports of "serious violence" at the annual traveller festival.

Photos show huge crowds at Europe's biggest traditional Gypsy fair on Saturday night, with topless men pictured fighting outside a pub during the historical celebration.

Travellers rode their horses into the River Eden amid snaking traffic jams outside the village as part of an Appleby tradition.

Two blonde pals were pictured in colourful two pieces alongside a woman in a sheer blouse while another trio flaunting vibrant dresses at the festival with spectacularly styled long locks.

As the sun shone, others sported their designer labels at the horse fair which is well known for its eye-catching ensembles.

It comes after police issued a Section 60 order allowing officers to conduct stop and search people even when they aren't suspected of carrying weapons, prompted by tip-offs about traveller gang violence.

Tens of thousands of travellers are expected to have attended the event which kicked off on Thursday and honours their heritage and culture, the Sun reports.

It was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but just 24 hours hours after the party got underway there was a bust-up near a pub on The Sands.

Seven men were arrested, five on suspicion of affray and another two for public order offences.

Cuts, bruises and facial injuries were among the wounds inflicted during the clashes, although it is not thought there were any more serious injuries than those.

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Cumbria Police now understand "a number of groups" are planning to travel to the town to cause trouble "as part of ongoing feuds between different groups".

Superintendent Matt Kennerley said: "This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"Policing resources will be increased in key areas and at key times."

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Armed police will be patrolling the streets and a Section 60 order is in place until 12.30am on Monday morning.

Around 40,000 people are due at the fair this year with traffic jams snaking towards the village on Saturday.

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Many travelled along the country roads by traditional horse and bow top carts with some owners then riding their horses into the river.

The washing of horses dates back hundreds of years when animals were cleaned ready for selling.


Little social distancing was being adhered to, according to pictures of the festival.

Lateral flow testing kits are being handed out on site on Monday to help stop the spread of the virus.

The Appleby event is the biggest traditional Gypsy fair in Europe and attracts around 20,000 Gypsies and Travellers.

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