THE organiser of Huddersfield's Easter fair says it was a success - despite ugly incidents.

Marshall Waddington, who runs the event every year for the Showmen's Guild, said the fair had crowds of thousands.

He added: "We had a good, busy week, especially Bank Holiday Monday. All in all, it's been a good year for us and everyone seems to have enjoyed it. We have had great comments from people."

But several incidents took place at the St Andrew's Road fairground.

At around 6.30pm on Easter Sunday, a gang of 20 men fought outside the fairground, blocking the road.

A security guard received minor facial injuries and one of the gang suffered stab wounds.

He was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where trouble flared again. Two police officers were slightly hurt.

Three men were arrested and two, including the wounded man, were charged with public order offences.

And at 3pm last Tuesday, a 12-year-old Dalton girl was punched by three girls aged 14 to 15 and had her purse, containing £110, stolen by a friend, a boy of 12 to 14, after he had searched her jacket pockets.

The boy is of mixed race, about 5ft 5in tall and stocky. He wore a light-coloured hooded jacket.

The three girls were all mixed race.

Anyone with information should phone the Huddersfield police helpdesk on 01484 436659.