A FOLK festival hit by anti-social behaviour last year has praised the police for their coverage of this year's event.
Chester Folk Festival joined Kelsall Parish Council and Kelsall and District Rural Amenities Society (KADRAS) to pay the £500 fee to pay for eight special constables and five local police officers for the four-day event.
Last year visitors to Chester Folk Festival, held in Kelsall since 1979, reported teenagers threw hot barbecue coals at a tent, where a woman slept near to a gas bottle.
One youth was reported to have a knife and boy racers drove recklessly around a campsite during the event.
The local bobby rearranged his weekend off to cover the event, but residents complained there was no-one to keep local teenagers from disrupting events.
This week, Kelsall Parish Council praised the police for the coverage provided at last month's festival.
Council chairman John Leather said: 'We have nothing but praise for the police. I understand a fight broke out in the community centre and the police were there within 30 seconds of the first punch being thrown.
Clerk Natalie Read added: 'Numbers were slightly down but word is going to spread before next year that things are fine again.'
Sgt Andy Smith told the meeting: 'I think historically the event was something enjoyable for the community but not a big event that attracted police presence.
'Now it is down on the events planner so next year we will get together with organisers to put some plans into place.'
Parish councillors decided to ask local businesses who profit from the festival to help towards the policing cost.
Festival organiser Cheryl Hunt said: 'Paying for extra coverage was the only way the police could guarantee they would be there all the time.
'It is something we will now always have to build into our budget, but we wanted to stay in Kelsall.
'We have nothing but praise for the police officers who came down - they helped make the festival a success. People were commenting on how much like the old days it was, which in folk is a very important thing.'