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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Cumbria Police issue warning to Barrow clubbers ahead of bank holiday

Cumbria Police has said the closure of Cavendish Street to drivers on busy nights has had a positive effect in Barrow

The focal point of Barrow nightlife was closed for the first time on Thursday April 17.

The closure came into effect as a as a safety precaution at night times on weekends and bank holidays to ensure the safety of revellers.

Sergeant John McIntosh, of Barrow Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Although it is early days in its implementation, we as a force are pleased with the positive atmosphere that has been created with the added level of safety.

“The closure has already experienced a bank holiday weekend where we expect to see an increase of people in the town’s bars and clubs and so far it is working well.

“The measure was put in place to keep the people of Barrow and its visitors safe on a night out. This is a measure that can be found in other towns and cities and is long overdue.”

Road signs signal the closure of the road from the junction of Cavendish Street and Dalkeith Street up to Dalton Road. The road can be closed from 9pm to 5am, although it is expected to close typically from 10.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as the nights before bank holidays.

Ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday officers are asking that people whilst out enjoying themselves that they stick to their limits and take the relevant safety precautions to ensure their night is one to remember for the right reasons.

Police issue the following advice to ensure revellers stay safe:

• If confrontation arises, be responsible seek out security staff or a Police Officer and make them aware of the issue

• Think: Keys, money phone, plans to get home?

• Stick with your friends and look out for each other

• Make sure you use licensed taxi services

Anyone who is a victim of a crime or sees suspicious activity is asked to report this to Cumbria Police on 101.

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