POLICE have praised revellers who attended this year’s Seaham Carnival for their good behaviour.
Officers say they made just five arrests out of the thousands who attended the three-day event.
Police and Seaham Town Council said huge crowds were attracted to the area for its annual jamboree.
The arrests were down to an assault, a shoplifting incident, a public order offence and two cases of drunk and disorderly.
Neighbourhood Inspector Vince Addison said: “The community and visitors to the area were out in force, showing their support for this fantastic event.
“For the most part the carnival ran smoothly and peacefully.
“I would like to thank my staff from Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team and staff from neighbouring stations for their hard work over the weekend. It was a pleasure to be among the community at a celebration of life in our town.”
The Mayor of Seaham, Coun Sue Morrison, said: “From early Friday evening to the very end on Sunday night, the crowds were clearly enjoying the best that Seaham had to offer, but were doing it in a considered and considerate manner.”
The carnival was launched with films and a screening of the Olympic opening ceremony on the Terrace Green on Friday, with more movies, live bands and parades also part of the programme.