Crimes rates in record low at Henley RegattaBy Jon Nurse
July 04, 2012
Crime rates and the numbers of arrests at this year's Henley Royal Regatta were both the lowest they have ever been.
Thames Valley Police is satisfied that the regatta has passed smoothly this year, with arrests on Saturday less than half of last year's total.
Chief Inspector Christian Bunt, commanding the policing operation, said: “I am very pleased with how the policing operation went this year and feel that this is due to extensive planning process and professionalism of the officers involved in the operation."
Saturday was the busiest day for the police, with 13 arrests made.
The tally is much lower than the 34 arrests they made on the same day in 2011, with very few offences due to assaults and fights.
Ch Insp Bunt said: “The night time aspect of the regatta has historically experienced high levels of crime and disorder.
"This year, we took a very proactive stance in our policing style and made use of our powers under the Public Order Act to issue Section 27 notices banning anyone who we believed might cause or contribute to alcohol related crime and disorder.
"We also seized a substantial amount of alcohol as part of the Designated Public Place Order. This definitely had a positive impact on the amount of alcohol related anti social behaviour."
Police used Twitter to provide regular updates about how the regatta went.
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