Kevin Tighe – 2021 Statement on Disorder in Oakham

The statement issued by Kevin Tighe, the CEO of Rutland Agricultural Society, on 19 June 2021.

We are currently hosting a religious festival on our site which we are aware is causing disturbance to our neighbours. We wholeheartedly apologise for this. We agreed to the booking after assessing the organisers risk assessment and with the belief that this was an event primarily about Christian worship. However there is a minority of people who are disrupting the event and causing significant problems around the showground. Our priority is to help maintain public order and minimise disruption and allow the event to refocus on its Christian worship as quickly and quietly as possible. We have been in contact with the police who have been on site today.