TROUBLE flared at a historic Hampshire horse fair this afternoon.

Police leapt into action at Wickham Horse Fair at around midday, breaking up a fight.

Scores of people ran onto the main track down the High Street and more than eight police officers surrounded two men before leading them off.

It brought proceedings to a halt briefly but the fair returned to normal at 12.45pm.

The fair is an 800-year-old tradition at the village near Fareham.

Last year’s event was marred by a mass brawl which was caught on video by the RSCPA animal welfare charity.