POLICE have praised showgoers after only one arrest was made at a town’s biggest event of the year.
More than 15,000 people attended the Peterlee Show last weekend where officers were on hand.
But they only had to make one arrest and issued 12 direction to leave notices, which ban people from an area and stop them coming back for a certain amount of time, usually because of drunken behaviour.
The man arrested had failed to follow one of the directions issued and was held in police custody for a few hours before being released.
Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Police, said: “The reason there was such a positive outcome is because we targeted individuals who had been affected by alcohol very early on. This was probably the best year we have had.
“Direction to leave notices were issued to those who became aggressive or vocal and were very effective in making sure that it stayed a friendly, family event.
“We also worked closely with Peterlee Town Council which set up no-drinking zones. That worked very well.”
People enjoyed a variety of activities over the weekend, from a funfair and ice rink to live music.
There was also a parade featuring fancy dress participants and a pipe band and brass band from Peterlee Leisure Centre to the showground in Helford Road.