CHESHIRE Constabulary has hailed this year’s Nantwich Jazz Festival a success after only seven arrests were made.

Police were out in force throughout the bank holiday weekend to ensure festivities were observed in a good-natured manner.

The 21st Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival was held in the town over the weekend.

The operation was part of the constabulary’s street safe initiative, which is tackling issues linked to violence and anti-social behaviour.

Sgt Ian Bennett, who oversees the Nantwich policing team, said: “Thousands of people descended on Nantwich to enjoy the jazz festival, which from a policing perspective, went well.

“There was an increased police presence to ensure the event ran safely and to deter any anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“Officers found the atmosphere to be friendly with most people having a cheerful time.

“There was a small minority who did choose to drink excessively but officers were on hand to advise those individuals and take action to prevent them from ruining it for others.”

The arrests that police made during the event were mainly for public order offences such as being drunk and disorderly.

David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner, said: “This is one of Nantwich’s biggest events and each year is always a celebration of great music and fantastic community spirit.

“Anti-social behaviour and violence is one of the biggest issues residents speak to me about and that is why I made it one of my top priorities in my police and crime plan.

“This does not appeal to have been a major issue this weekend and I am delighted that our police operation over the festival was so successful.

“From what I have heard, families and residents from across the county and beyond had a great time.

“I’d like to thank all our officers and support staff for doing such a great job, a big well done to everyone.”

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