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It is the beginning of the end of the Appleby horse fair for another year.
The annual gathering of gypsies, travellers and horse traders officially comes to a close on Wednesday, but police are warning motorists to take care as a large number of horse drawn vehicles are taking to the roads.
Andy Burn reports:
Large numbers of people have been leaving Appleby as the annual horse fair draws to a close.
Cumbria Police say that the fair has been relatively trouble free, despite 40 arrests being made.
20 people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm during one police operation on Friday (7th June), but arrests for the rest of the fair were relatively low.
The multi-agency strategic co-ordination group (MASCG) has been working with various organisations to ensure the fair was as safe and enjoyable as possible for all involved.
The clean up of Appleby gets into swing today as the horse fair draws to a close.
Wednesday (12th June) is officially the last day of the fair which this year attracted 40,000 visitors to the area.
Police are warning motorists to be aware that horse drawn vehicles may be on the roads, and in particular on the A66 in Cumbria.
The RSPCA is to investigate the circumstances surrounding a horse breaking a leg at the Appleby Horse Fair.
RSCPA officers have been on patrol throughout the fair area and have offered advice to people about the over use ofsticks, harness rubs on horses and inexperienced riders.
One horse was located with a broken leg early on Saturday morning and had to be put down.
The RSPCA says it will be investigating the circumstances of this incident.
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Cumbria Police are reminding people that violence at the Appleby horse fair will not be tolerated.
The warning comes after 20 people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
Cumbria and Durham police say they have successfully disrupted a threat of serious violence at the Appleby horse fair.
They say that following a successful operation twenty people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm as they travelled into the area.
The police are appealing to people not to bring their disputes to the event, which attracts thousands of people.
The Appleby horse fair has so far been a success with very little disorder according to Cumbria Police.
The police say that everyone seems in good spirits and are all enjoying the occasion and sunny weather.
There has only been one arrest in the past 24 hours, which was for a minor disorder.
Police are now focusing on keeping everyone safe as thousands more travellers and visitors are expected over the weekend.
Gypsies and travellers have begun trading horses at this year's fair.
Thousands of members of the travelling community have arrived from all over Europe to take part in the annual tradition.