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Top cop ‘safe place’ vow over pub issues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

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THE top cop in South Derbyshire has moved to remind people that it is safe to head out to bars and pubs in the area – following an alleged incident which left two people unconscious.

Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for Derby South, moved to quell any rising fears after a male and female were taken to hospital following an incident in the early hours of Sunday at the Empire pub, in West Street, Swadlincote.

He told the Mail that nightlife was among the safest he had ever seen, and the recent alleged incident was an ‘isolated one-off’.

He said: “I want to make it crystal clear that Swadlincote and South Derbyshire is a safe place and people should not be frightened to go out and visit pubs and clubs in the area.

“With the World Cup on the horizon, the last thing we want to do is to deter people from heading out and enjoying themselves.

“We have great links with South Derbyshire District Council, Pubwatch and a host of other partners to ensure it is safe for people to go out and have a good time.

“As a result, the area is one the safest I have ever seen and we aim to try to continue that trend.

“However, anyone who is out and about and witnesses or feels they could be about to see trouble is urged to contact us or door staff in a bid to stop any potential problems.

“All we want is for South Derbyshire to be a safe place.”

Paul Griffin, 38, and Thomas Griffin, 19, both of Lime Tree Avenue, Midway, were arrested following the alleged altercation.

The men have appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, where the older man was charged with alleged offences including actual bodily harm and wounding, and the teenager with actual bodily harm.

Paul Griffin is next due to appear at Derby Crown Court on June 16, and is subject to a curfew.

Thomas Griffin has been remanded in custody until a court appearance on Friday.

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