29th December 2016
By Peter Tremayne


Devon and Cornwall Police made more than £100,000 by providing “special services” during 2016, according to official figures.

Among several “Special Policing Services” contracts identified in response to a Freedom of Information question, the force earned more than £24,000 by attending the Boardmasters music festival at Newquay in August.

At the time, police praised the event and said there had been no serious incidents.  Nine people were arrested for suspected drugs, drink and disorderly behaviour offences.

Only the Beautiful Days music festival at Ottery St Mary, Devon, earned more for the police - £29,683.

The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show, Wadebridge, cost organisers £7,530.  Culdrose Air Day swelled the police budget by £6,124 and Helston’s Masked Ball by £2510.


Football matches involving either Exeter City or Plymouth Argyle cost the clubs between £5,000 and £13,300.

Two events which do not feature in the police FOI answer are Padstow’s  ‘Obby ‘Oss festival in May, and the Christmas period Mummer’s Day (also known as Darkie Day) celebration.  Both draw the crowds, particularly the ‘Obby ‘Oss parade, but neither has an official organiser to whom the police could send their invoice.

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