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Hemlock Happening will continue, says council leader

10th June 2015 Nottingham Evening Post Tags: , , , 1 Comment

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A popular Nottinghamshire festival marred by violence clashes will continue next year, according to the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council.

Richard Jackson met with police and licence officers yesterday to discuss the future of Hemlock Happening.

It came after more than 10 police cars and two riot vans were called to the festival on Saturday night after reports of fighting.

The event, in Bramcote Hills Park, off Ilkeston Road, was stopped before the final act finished and the fireworks took place.

Organisers said they were “considering the future of the event” but Mr Jackson said he was “determined” it will continue next year.

He added: “It was a positive meeting and quite reassuring to get the full facts. It wasn’t as bad as people thought and there were no arrests.

“We will make sure we learn any lessons we need to – we probably need to increase the number of our own security personnel at the park.

“We’re disappointed there was trouble but there’s no reason at all to stop it in the future.”

By Dan Robbinson, Nottingham Post

1 Comment

  1. Grenville Green 6 years Reply

    This is good news. We had a great time, and witnessed no violence, Mind you we went about 7pm. We were thinking of going back to watch the fireworks, until we learned of the disturbance.

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