Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Fifteen arrests during Royal Regatta

CRIME and disorder in Henley during the royal regatta were kept to a minimum thanks to a high-profile police presence.

Up to 40 officers were on duty during the five days of the event.

Thames Valley Police wouldn’t say how many arrests were made in total but 15 were made by the police neighbourhood team operating in the town. Twenty-three crimes were reported in the town centre.

Inspector Mark Harling, head of Henley police, said: “I think the event was busier than last year and when you consider that for 200,000-plus people we had the number of crimes we did it is a very good result. Some people behaved very well, some people let themselves down — that’s what we have to roll with.”

He praised his team, saying: “They were the first and the last on duty and for some of them it was their fourth or fifth year of working at regatta and that’s a really big ask.”

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