McDonalds forced to close, police reinforcements called in for travelers’ religious holiday


A McDonalds restaurant was forced to close and police reinforcements from across Leicestershire were called in to deal with problems caused by a religious holiday of travelers.

This follows a flood of complaints about crime and anti-social behavior allegedly linked to the Light and Life Church festival, which is being held in Rutland.

About 1,500 people are said to attend a religious convention, a Pentecostal event run by gypsies, at the Rutland Showground in Oakham.

Stores have been advised to close early, with residents of the surrounding area being angry with dangerous driving and other alleged inctances of anti-social behavior.

It was reported by LincolnshireLive that a McDonalds restaurant in Lands End Way, Oakham, was closing at 7 p.m. and would operate a drive-thru “until further notice”.

A company spokesperson said: “To ensure the continued safety of our staff, we have made the decision to close at 7 p.m. every evening until further notice. This is to ensure that our staff can return home. at home safely.

“We will only open between 6 am and 7 pm. Driving only. We are unable to serve people who are not in a motor vehicle for safety reasons.

“All other service platforms will not be used, including click and serve and instore.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our repeat customers.”

The showground is on the outskirts of Oakham

Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews had called for a meeting with Leicesershire Police Chief Simon Cole to discuss issues following the complaints on Saturday evening (June 19).

Residents are also said to be upset that the event was allowed to take place, while other events traditionally held in the region had not been, due to coronavirus restrictions.

Leicestershire Police have sought to reassure people living in the area, with Superintendent Jonny Starbuck confirming that “additional resources” have been mobilized.

“Our presence continues in Oakham and at the Light and Life event at Rutland Show Ground,” he said. “We have additional resources from the Force at Large to help address the issues that have been reported, including an increase in anti-social behavior, some criminal offenses and driving offenses.”

Superintendent Starbuck added, “This is an outdoor event which is legal. We have worked with the event organizers and partners to ensure that the rules of Covid are followed.

“Local officers continue to patrol the field and engage in dialogue with local business owners and licensed locals.”

He said the force was investigating a number of suspected offenses, including “attempted theft and anti-social behavior”, confirming that “two arrests have been made so far”.

Superintendent Starbuck said reports of anti-social behavior in the area were still coming in.

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“Residents in the area continue to report anti-social behavior, to which we respond,” he said. “We are working closely with our partners, with the organizer and with the event attendees to ensure that people can go about their usual business with the least disruption.

“When offenses are committed, we will deal with them effectively and vigorously. “

He added: “Our enhanced visible presence throughout the day, both around the site and in the city itself, is there to reassure our local communities while supporting a swift response when needed. “

To report a festival incident, call 101 and quote Log 186 from June 19, 2021.

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