Police issue drink danger warning to Workington revellers
Last updated at 12:07, Friday, 04 October 2013
Revellers in Workington were warned about the dangers of excessive drinking as part of a police campaign last weekend.
Officers, armed with bottles of water and leaflets, patrolled streets to raise awareness of the risks of drinking too much alcohol.
It was part of the police’s alcohol harm reduction campaign to highlight the effects of alcohol.
Four officers and a worker from the Unity Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service walked around Workington town centre from 9pm to 10.30pm, handing out water, leaflets and asking people to drink responsibly.
Sergeant Richard Farnworth said: “All too often, when people drink excessively, it can lead to disorder and people being hurt.
“We want people to be aware of the consequences of alcohol-related violent disorder.”
Statistics released by the police showed that in Workington and Maryport from September 2012 to August this year, 227 incidents out of 601 violent offences were alcohol-related.
Out of a total of 3,130 anti-social behaviour incidents in the two towns, 507 were alcohol-related.
Sgt Amanda Conway, who was on patrol in Workington, said: “The night starts off in good spirits but later on we become the bad guys.
“It often involves people who are normally lovely, but under the influence of alcohol their personality changes.
“Our message is for people to drink responsibly. We want everyone to have a good night and to just make sure they get home safely.”
A team of taxi marshals were also out in force in Workington at the weekend.
The marshals are qualified security staff who patrol queues at taxi ranks.
They are on duty from midnight until 4am and are equipped with Pubwatch radios to keep them in communication with police, door staff and licensees.
There were two incidents reported in Workington. A man was banned from the town centre for the night and a woman required medical treatment after convulsing outside a nightclub.
The scheme was brought in following reports of trouble caused by drunken revellers on Saturday nights.
It was developed by the West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership, with Allerdale council.
The marshals will be on patrol in the Washington Street area in Workington every Saturday night until New Year’s Eve.
First published at 12:03, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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