NEW Year’s Eve revellers are being warned that police will not tolerate violence or drunken behaviour in Burton during the celebrations tomorrow evening.
The town’s top cop, Inspector Rob Neeson, said officers will not hesitate to take action against troublemakers to avoid situations escalating as the clock gets close to the midnight bongs.
Extra police will be out on patrol throughout the evening, but he urged people to drink responsibly, to ensure the officers were available to deal with the issues at which they were really needed.
Insp Neeson told the Mail: “Usually the issues on New Year’s Eve are drink-related, and, for us, there are also lots of domestic-related incidents and violent incidents that naturally occur during such a big occasion. We have to police those.
“There will be extra patrols, but they will be there to try to deal with these incidents. However, if people didn’t drink quite so much, the issues would not occur so much. I encourage people to drink responsibly.”
He added that police would be taking a pro-active approach to dealing with issues arising in the town, to avoid further issues developing as the night wears on.
“We will be dealing with people early doors to try to deal with more serious offences later on.
“We will be removing people from the town centre to try to reduce the risk of offences later on,” the officer added.
West Midlands Ambulance Service is also urging people to be responsible during their New Year celebration, in a bid to ease pressure at what is traditionally the busiest time of year.
A spokesman said: “The last thing we want to do is to stop people having a good time and welcoming in the New Year in fine style, but our experience of previous celebrations means we will be expecting to see many preventable injuries.
“Sadly, because our staff are dealing with these, they aren’t available to get to life threatening calls as quickly, which, ultimately, risks the lives of other people.”