A fashion show in Italy this weekend was cancelled after police were called because it was “too much”.
The event was to be held on Saturday in the small town of Montevergia, in the southern region of Umbria, in what the organizers said was a first for the region.
But police were not allowed in the premises and the organisers were left with little option but to cancel the show, which had attracted about 250 people.
“I was really worried, I’ve been working here for more than 20 years and I’ve never had anything like this,” said one of the organizers, Francesco De Gennaro, who has lived in Monteverge for 15 years.
“It’s not the first time we’ve been in a situation like this.
We were expecting to get more people but it’s still very hard.”
The organizers of the show have been working with the local police for the past two weeks to resolve the issue.
The event, which was scheduled to take place in the centre of Monte Vergia city, was cancelled at the last minute because the police were unable to enforce the ban.
“We are in discussions with the police, but we will be doing the show anyway,” the organisers told local media.
Police were not present at the event, and police were also prevented from inspecting the venue because of the weather conditions.
The police had to enter the premises of the venue and search the building for contraband, and even though there were no weapons on display, they found a bottle of vodka in a bin on the premises, they said.
The organisers had also been warned that they could face fines of up to €1,500 if they failed to adhere to the ban, but the organizers insisted that it was not their intention to cause any inconvenience to people who attended.
“This is a new level of policing in our region, the police should be able to control themselves,” local police officer Roberto Sperini told La Repubblica newspaper.
“Our officers are well trained and have experience.
It’s not like we’re criminals, we’re just a normal people.”
A police spokesman said that he had not received any complaints from the public.
“The show was planned to go ahead without the presence of police officers and no weapons were found on site,” he said.
“As a result, the event was cancelled and we apologise to those who paid for it.”
The organisers of the event said they did not know how many people would attend the show.
“People were invited by the organisers, but it was also organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, and so it was completely a local initiative,” De Genna said.