Regatta trouble a thing of the past say police

First published in Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

YOBBISH behaviour at the Marlow Regatta is a thing of the past according to police after the two-day party went off without a hitch for the third year in a row.

Last weekend’s festival, the 14th since the Regatta’s relaunch in 2000, saw only one reported public order offence, for which two people were arrested.

A scaled-back police presence reflected Thames Valley Police’s confidence that the event has now been brought under control, despite a record 5000 revellers for Saturday’s race day.

It is a far cry from the ugly scenes in 2009, when police made 20 arrests after being pelted by bottles by drunken thugs.

Chief Inspector Olly Wright, Aylesbury Vale deputy commander, said: “Last weekend saw the third peaceful year in a row for Marlow Town Regatta and Festival, with only one reported public order offence, for which two offenders were arrested.

“People may remember the disorder and anti-social behaviour that occurred in years gone by, but I’m confident that the event is now where it needs to be.

“As a result of the success of the previous two years, policing resources were scaled back this year. The event organisers have got it right and I am confident that we will be able to continue policing this event successfully in the future.

“It was a very peaceful weekend with a very friendly atmosphere.”

Organisers have hailed this year's Regatta weekend a huge success, with changes to the enclosure and the banning of cars providing a more relaxed environment for revellers.


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