Why we must police the extended hours

Extended licensing hours does not mean you have to increase the amount you drink.

You can choose to drink the same amount over a longer period of time, or start later to finish later.

To avoid an overspill of excitement or drunken feuds leading to anti-social behaviour, violence and aggression during the extended licensing hours, the police will be providing a key presence during the main events.

Drink Related Anti-social Behaviour

It is well known there is a link between alcohol and antisocial behaviour.
Research tells us that young people who have been drinking are more likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour or crime.

Anti social behaviour can cover a wide variety of unacceptable activities that affect community life and can impact upon families, individuals and communities as a whole.
Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also used to describe some of this behaviour.

Examples include

  • Intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • Vandalism and graffiti
  • Anti-social drinking – drinking in public places (on the street)
  • Shouting, screaming or swearing
  • Hanging round in groups and causing a nuisance
  • Threats of violence to people or property
  • Underage drinking in groups

The examples of behaviour can lead to enforcement by the police and other agencies, and the consequences could be one or more of the following:
Warning letters, interviews, contracts and agreements
Parenting orders and ASBO’s (anti social behaviour orders)
Individual support orders
These actions could be taken by the police, local authorities or Youth Offending Teams.
If you are planning on enjoying a night out, please put yourself in the shoes of the residents living nearby; do they really want to hear your drunken conversations as you walk home?

Does the person living nearby the pub you were in last night, really want to be welcomed to vomit in their garden? – Probably not!

Does the person living nearby the pub you were in want to see you urinating in the street? Absolutely not!

You might think these things are harmless, but for the nearby residents, these can be very distressing, cause them great misery and would all count as anti-social behaviour.

Enjoy your night, but be considerate to the people who live nearby and when finishing your evening remember; you’ve decided to go out, the neighbours have not – respect their right to a quiet life!