Armed coppers at racecourse funfair

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Police have confirmed that armed officers were deployed to Cheltenham Racecourse last Saturday night just after 8pm. 

There had been several calls reporting a disturbance at the funfair being held at the racecourse. Witnesses reported seeing groups of teenagers fighting and three young people were assaulted. An ambulance was called and a 15-year-old boy from Cheltenham was taken to GRH with a minor stab wound. He was discharged from hospital following treatment.

A sixteen-year-old girl later reported being hit on the head and shoulder while at the funfair and was taken to A&E by her mother to be checked over. A 14-year-old boy suffered a cut to his nose which did not require hospital treatment. Edward Danter the boss of the funfair believed that rivalry between teenage gangs from Gloucester and Cheltenham led to the stabbing at his fairground on Saturday night. He claims trouble flared when a gang came over from Gloucester to ‘take-on’ some Cheltenham teenagers who were at the fair. Mr Danter, who called an ambulance for the stabbed 15-year-old from Cheltenham says the eruption of violence had nothing to do with the fairground. At around 8.40pm officers also attended a fast food restaurant in the High Street, Cheltenham following reports that a group of males were behaving aggressively. It was reported that these males may have been involved in the disturbance at the Centaur.

Police continued to patrol fast food outlets, bus stops and taxi ranks in Cheltenham during Saturday evening. Following police attendance, the situation was calmed, and Gloucestershire Police were keen to reassure the public that no further disturbances in relation to the stabbing were reported following the disturbance. Police enquiries are continuing, and they would like to speak to anyone who witnessed anything or who can assist us to call 101 quoting incident number 377 of 24 March 2018.