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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Revellers praised for fall in Barrow booze-related arrests

POLICE have praised drinkers after no alcohol-related arrests were recorded on this year’s “Super Sunday”.

Only ten people were arrested for offences related to Barrow and Dalton’s night-time economy over the Easter bank holiday weekend as a whole – which officers described as a “pleasant surprise”.

Sergeant Gareth Jesson, of Barrow police, said: “The weekend in general was fairly busy but it was very quiet for police.” Thursday saw six people arrested, Friday saw three arrested and on Saturday there was one arrest.

Police also issued 14 Section 27 orders, which are directions to leave the area immediately and not return for up to 24 hours.

Last year saw 12 people arrested, with seven of those on Super Sunday.

The weekend also marked the first time Cavendish Street was closed to night-time traffic, as part of a scheme to increase safety for revellers.

Road signs will signal the closure at night-time on weekends and bank holidays, from the junction of Cavendish Street and Dalkeith Street up to Dalton Road. The closures can take place between 9pm and 5am.

Sgt Jesson said the benefits of the scheme had already begun to show.

He said: “There was a bit of confusion on Thursday but over the weekend it took away the risks of road traffic accidents when people spill out into the street.

“That gives police the opportunity to mingle more with the crowd and prevent incidents from happening.

“I don’t think you can just attribute the low number of arrests to the road closure however. Credit has to go to the people of Barrow and Dalton for drinking responsibly and being well behaved.”

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