The Hoppings: Council and police help to keep visitors safe

Officers will patrol The Hoppings and transport hubs to ensure visitors safely enjoy the funfair.
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The Hoppings funfair at sunset. Visitors walk on grass between neon lighted stalls and rides. In the background a big wheel is illuminated in white light. Above, a cloudy sky is a mix of purples, blues and orange colours.

Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police will be teaming up to ensure thousands of visitors can safely enjoy this year’s Hoppings.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle will officially open Europe’s largest travelling funfair on Newcastle’s Town Moor this Friday (June 21).

The fair opens at 2pm and runs until 11pm every day except Saturdays when it opens at 1pm.

On Friday the Lord Mayor will declare the fair open at 1.30pm on a stage in front of the big wheel.

Extra council and police officers will be on patrol to provide reassurance to the public and prevent anti-social behaviour.

Council officers will be patrolling on both Fridays and weekends and police officers will be patrolling daily.

'A thrilling event with so much to offer'

Lord Mayor of Newcastle Cllr Rob Higgins said: “The Hoppings is very much part of the rich culture of Newcastle. For generations it has attracted many thousands of visitors to our wonderful city, and I expect this year to be no different. 

“This thrilling event has so much to offer and people of all ages can enjoy it in safety thanks to the fine efforts of our local police and our council officers who contribute so much both to the Hoppings itself and to making Newcastle such a safe city for everyone. 

“So, let’s forget about the rain by coming along and having a really good time enjoying all the fun of the fair. Such a great way of shaking off any Summertime blues.”

'We are here to help'

Council officers will be out on patrol in high footfall areas and transport hubs on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the fair.

Chief Inspector Ian Cutty, of Northumbria Police, said: “The Hoppings continues to be a hugely popular event each year in Newcastle, and we hope that everyone attending across its 10 days has an enjoyable time.

“We will have dedicated patrols running at the Town Moor for the entirety of the fair to reassure the public and handle any potential issues which arise.

“If you do need to speak to an officer on duty, please do not hesitate to approach us. We’re here to help.” 

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour, go to www.northumbria.police.uk/report/

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