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Meeting over horse fair disorder

Travellers en-route to Appleby
An estimated 1,800 horse-drawn caravans attended the fair

A public meeting is to be held to discuss how to improve safety at the annual Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria.

The week-long event attracts about 10,000 Gypsies and travellers and 30,000 visitors every June.

This year's event was marred by a mass brawl which resulted in 27 arrests and a stabbing incident. About £250,000 worth of fake goods were also seized.

Items to be discussed at Appleby Hall on Monday include public disorder, animal welfare and traffic management.

Kevin Douglas, chief executive of Eden District Council, said: "We have already received plenty of feedback through correspondence from both local people and Gypsies and travellers.

"We still want to hear from as many people as possible on how we can continue to improve the fair and Monday will give a good opportunity for some face-to-face discussions."

Drop-in sessions to discuss the fair will be held at the hall throughout the day and feedback from these will be given at the evening meeting.

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