Nantwich festival a hit with police despite arrests

JLS perform at The Railway Hotel

This year’s Nantwich Jazz Festival has been hailed as a success by Cheshire Police.

Officers were out in force throughout the bank holiday weekend to ensure that the festivities were observed in a good-natured manner.

Just a handful of incidents were reported to police, with officers making seven arrests – mainly for public order offences such as being drunk and disorderly.

Sergeant Ian Bennett, of the Nantwich policing team, said: “Thousands of people descended on Nantwich to enjoy the jazz festival, which from a policing perspective, went well.

“Throughout the weekend, there was an increased police presence to ensure the event ran safely and to deter any anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“Overall, officers found the atmosphere to be friendly with most people behaving sensibly and having a happy and cheerful time.

“There was a small minority who did choose to act anti-socially and drink excessively but officers were on hand to advise those individuals and take action to prevent them from ruining it for others.”

The festival, celebrating its 21st year, featured headline shows from the likes of Geno Washington, Ruby Turner King King, Rebecca Downes and Emma and The Wolf.

The event also featured hundreds of gigs around the town at a variety of venues.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “This is one of Nantwich’s biggest events and each year is always a celebration of great music and fantastic community spirit.

“As with any event of this type, there is always the risk that minority could spoil it for the majority.

“Thankfully though, this does not appear to have been a major issue this weekend.”

Pic courtesy of Jonathan White

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