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Bad weather helps rein-in Cumbria ‘Black Eye Friday’

WILD weather played its part in ensuring there were few black eyes on “Festive Friday” this year.

WILD weather played its part in ensuring there were few black eyes on “Festive Friday” in Cumbria this year.

Across Cumbria police made 48 arrests and the cells in South Cumbria were full by 12.50am.

Of those 48 arrests, 15 were in Barrow and Ulverston ranging from drink-driving to drunk and disorderly – elsewhere police said 18 people were arrested in Carlisle.

Some of those arrested faced an arduous 88-mile return journey on Saturday after being taken to Carlisle but police managed to free-up cell space by the early hours.

Police said the night was considered “fairly quiet” compared to previous years.

Taking to the streets with police, the evening was relatively quiet until around 10.30pm.

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.

Sergeant Ian McClymont, of Barrow police, said: “It won’t surprise anyone to know that most of our problems were linked to excess alcohol. We try to promote responsible drinking and for people to ‘think before you drink’ but sadly for some, this message does not sink in.

“It was disappointing to see so many people arrested for drink-driving tonight. If there is a risk of you drinking and driving, then leave your keys at home or chose a designated driver.”

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’s Eve feel” due to the number of people in bars and pubs.

In Barrow, one unsatisfied customer at the Furness Railway expressed dissatisfaction by urinating in the doorway but had ran off before police arrived at the scene.

PC Paul Williams and PC Dave Edwards were among the bobbies on the beat and the night was generally good humoured.

A number of drinkers talked themselves into receiving section 27 orders banning them from the town centre for 10 hours after failing to listen to police advice.

At around 1am a man was sprayed with PAVA spray before being arrested and an onlooker was given a section 27 after he failed to leave the scene.

Sgt McClymont said: “The last two years have been busy and 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.”

Have your say

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.

Posted by Used to live local on 25 December 2013 at 06:32

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.

Posted by Hicc! on 23 December 2013 at 22:10

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