Well, not really….

If you read a certain National Newspaper you’d be lead to believe that there was an overwhelming backlash against Humberside Police recently.

Humberside Police’s work at Hull Fair was undoubtedly excellent, with only 4 arrests needing to be made during the entire nine day event.

With over half a million visitors attending the fair this year it is pleasing to know it went off without any major crime.

Perhaps the biggest story to come out of the event, other than rides breaking down (which we’re sure even The Sun cannot blame the police for this) was the KCom Stadium “security” gate being closed.


There was apparently “fury” that Humberside Police Officers took a break from duty while at Hull Fair.

The Daily Mail, well known for blowing things out of proportion, reported that at least 21 officers were taking a break from duty.

The article goes on to pick out the minority of negative comments found on Twitter about the issue.

The event in question was during an exceptionally quiet time, not long before the fair was being packed away.

Quiet break at the fair
© Scott Snowden

The officers, a number of which had worked nine straight days of ten hour shifts, were given a little time off to relax and enjoy the fair before it left.

Disappointing Number Of Arrests?

More disapproval was made due to the low number of arrests made during the fair.

Even the most pessimistic of us would say that having very few arrests made shows an excellently run fair.

It can only be assumed that the Daily Mail wants there to be at least a certain ratio of arrests made per officer on duty. Ironic, then, that they would want this, but disagree with Traffic Wardens having a target number of parking fines issued.

What do Humberside Police say?

Deputy Chief Constable Andy McDyer said:

On the final day of the 2017 Hull Fair our officers, who were policing the event, took a five minute break to have some fun and engage with the fairground organisers by taking to the dodgems.

Our officers, PCSOs and volunteer Special Constables worked long, hard hours during the event, some working nine consecutive 10-hour shifts and they were able to enjoy a ride before the fair leaves Hull for another year.

Throughout the week-long event, where Hull hosts one of largest travelling fairs in Europe, we have received overwhelming positive feedback from both visitors to the fair and those following us on social media.

We helped create a family friendly and safe environment for all those attending and this is borne out by the fact that of the half a million people that attended this year’s event there were only four arrests.

I am incredibly proud of our teams that worked hard to engage with members of the public and ensure that the fair was safe for the people that attended.

I would just like to say a huge thank you to the public for the support that they have shown our community policing teams.

We would also like to make our thanks known to Humberside Police for the excellent work that they have done during Hull Fair.