Page last updated at 15:12 GMT, Friday, 9 October 2009 16:12 UK

Thousands expected at city fair

Hull Fair
Hull fair attracts more than 750,000 visitors each year

Police have stepped up patrols in part of Hull as thousands of people flock to the city for one of Europe's largest and oldest fairs.

Hull Fair, which runs from Friday until 17 October in Walton Street, is attended by more than 750,000 people.

Humberside Police said uniformed officers would "ensure the event passes off peacefully".

Last year the force said crime at the fair had dropped by 35% compared with the 2007 event.

Sgt Andy Parsons said: "We aim to police this event in a firm but fair manner and will be seeking to ensure that the public can come and thoroughly enjoy their visit in a safe and pleasant environment.

"We will not tolerate violent, disorderly or drunken behaviour that affects the enjoyment of others or those working at the fair."

Mr Parsons said trouble makers could be arrested or fined £80.

He added: "At the very least they will be escorted from the area and given a notice not to return for a specified amount of time."

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