16:52 Monday 23 September 2013

Seven arrested as police tackle binge drinkers

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

SEVEN people were arrested in Burton town centre at the weekend as a police crackdown on excessive drinking swung into action.

Officers stepped up their presence around drinking hotspots on Friday and Saturday night to highlight the dangers of consuming too much alcohol.

Two nurses from the town’s Queen’s Hospital also joined the patrols, attending to people who had drunk too much or suffered minor injuries.

The presence of the nurses also helped take the strain off the hospital’s accident and emergency department by treating people at the scene.

Members of the East Staffordshire Borough Council enforcement team also joined officers in carrying out checks at taxi ranks and food outlets.

Although the idea of the campaign was to raise awareness and offer safety tips, officers were forced to make arrests as trouble flared in the town centre.

Seven men were arrested, with three handed fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly, one handed a police caution for drugs offences, while another man was charged with four drugs offences.

He is due to appear at Burton Magistrates’ Court next month.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, of Burton Police, said: “Our actions have helped prevent any incidents of violence being reported to us from the town centre over the weekend, and working alongside the venues and their door-staff ensures that violence and disorder can be prevented.

“The message from me is if you intend to visit the town centre in order to cause problems, or deal or take drugs, don’t bother. Staff at all the late night venues are trained to recognise signs of drug use and will always inform the police when they catch someone with drugs.”

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