Festive Friday: Barrow cells full before 1am
Last updated at 09:44, Sunday, 22 December 2013
DRINKERS arrested as part of the Festive Friday police patrols in Barrow and Ulverston ran the risk of waking up with a hangover and a mammoth journey home yesterday.
Custody facilities in Barrow and Kendal were full by 12.50am meaning anyone arrested after that time faced an 88 mile trip to Carlisle and an agonizing hungover trip home on their release.
However the night was considered "fairly quiet" compared to previous years, with 48 arrests made county wide compared to an average of 60.
Despite wet weather hundreds of drinkers hit Barrow's pubs and clubs looking for some festive fun.
Known by many as black eye Friday there were a number of arrests including one man, understood to work for BAE Systems, who allegedly assaulted his boss during their work night out in a town centre pub.
Police from Barrow were sent to Ulverston after violence erupted outside the Farmers Arms where two men were arrested for fighting and another man was arrested outside Avanti Capitola shortly afterwards.
One officer said the market town had taken on a ‘New Year feel’ due to the number of people in bars and pubs.
At around 9.10pm a man was arrested for drunk and disorderly after bar staff at the King’s in Dalton Road refused to serve him, the man’s son later had to attend the police station to collect his house keys from his dad.
Two men at the pub were also handed section 27 notices – one of whom was later arrested for failing to leave the town centre.
Cavendish Street, the new centre of Barrow’s night time economy, found itself the centre of trouble with one man arrested after allegedly punching a woman at around 10.40pm and as police returned they arrested a man for breaching a s27 notice.
One unsatisfied customer at the Furness Railway expressed dissatisfaction by urinating in the doorway but had ran off before police arrived at the scene.
As police were managing queues for Broadway, in Cavendish Street, at around midnight a man who had been given a s27 notice attempted to flee but was apprehended in Dalkeith Street.
A number of scuffles broke out in the queue as revellers waited for entry at the packed bar but police gave advice and a number of youngsters were detained until they had calmed down before being released.
At around 1am a man was sprayed with PAVA spray before being arrested and an onlooker was given a s27 after he failed to leave the scene.
Sergeant Ian McClymont, of Barrow police, said: “The last two years have been busy and so far this year we’ve arrested more people than we did earlier on.
“It’s sad that a few people spoiled it for the majority when a lot of people are visibly enjoying their night.
“For them the worst thing in the morning will be a headache.”
However overall the night was considered "fairly quiet" with 48 arrests made county wide compared to an average of 60 in previous years.
See Monday’s edition of the Evening Mail for a full report and pictures.
First published at 02:14, Saturday, 21 December 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Simple option here a 300 quid fine for dd plus if you want to drive after a beer then take a leaf out of the Aussies book - double demerits for vehicle offences over the holidays. That extra pint might be an extra 6 points & 500 quid.
Full marks to the door staff in Ulverston on Black eyed Friday.
I was refused entry to a pub in Ulverston on this night... which I took in good humour.
I was completely Leathered, and was (on reflection) pleased that the door staff were doing a good job to prevent any problems on the night, and protect ME from getting in a worse state.
To all those who spent the night in the cells and had to make there own way home.....tough..you've only yourselves to blame!
Merry Xmas, and don't forget if you go out to pace yourselves! Ho Ho Ho.
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