Horse fair will ‘not be coming’

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A CONTROVERSIAL horse fair which has been setting up in East Durham over recent years will not be heading to the area this year.

Eddie Richardson, spokesman for the travelling community which previously headed to Horden and Blackhall last year to hold the event, confirmed that the fair is not heading to East Durham.

This week, Peterlee Neighbourhood Police chiefs said the fair will not be heading our way as another location has been found elsewhere.

The fair, usually held over the weekend August Bank Holiday, has divided the community in recent years, with many locals complaining about anti-social behaviour, while some had said it had boosted the local economy.

Easington MP Grahame Morris – who in 2012 called for the fair to be axed – told the Hartlepool Mail: “I heard they found an alternative location in the west of the county to stage the fair.

“I’m relieved.

“I know the problems it has caused to the community in previous years.

“There’s been a whole raft of complaints ranging from animal welfare to disruption, fly-tipping, general nuisance and anti-social behaviour.”

Sergeant Steve Hawkes, of Peterlee Police, said: “It appears the fair is going over the other side of the county.”

Durham County Council stated that there has not yet been a formal site agreed for the fair.