Essex Police have been giving more details about why they alowed an illegal horse trotting event to go ahead.
Initially, they were planning to enforce a banning order.
But, officers at Corringham changed their minds because so many people had turned up.
Superintendent Andy Mariner told Radio Essex: “We appreciate that local residents and local councillors were concerned. We did everything we could to ensure this event passed with minimal disruption.”
Chief Superintendent Tracy Hawkings, Essex Police Gold Commander for the weekend, added:
“It was an extremely busy weekend for Essex Police with a number of significant incidents across the county taking up resources. However we were able to move officers around the county including some dedicated to public order events elsewhere to enable us to take action. The overwhelming priority for the police is to ensure public safety.”