We are issuing a reminder that this year's Wickham Horse Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In order to help keep each other safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus, the difficult decision was made to cancel the fair earlier this year. This follows consultation between representatives of the event and local authorities including Hampshire Constabulary, Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council.
Together with our partners we will be facilitating a symbolic event that can be safely managed within the space available, and in accordance with the current Health Protection Regulations.
This event will be small and attendees have been agreed in advance. For public safety reasons we request that no one attends with horses or vehicles outside of what has already been agreed.
We have increased our patrols in the area, and officers will engage with those in attendance and use enforcement action where necessary and proportionate to do so.
Our officers will deal with any offences, and will be capturing evidence to enable them to follow up with any incidents not dealt with at the time.
Please pass on this message to anyone you know who had planned to come so that they don't travel unnecessarily.
The authorities expect the event to take place as normal in 2022.