Cells were full on New Year's Eve

PUBLISHED: 20:00 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

POLICE cells were jam-packed on New Year's Eve with many police officers working flat out dealing with rowdy behaviour.

POLICE cells were jam-packed on New Year's Eve with many police officers working 'flat out' dealing with rowdy behaviour.

Twice as many police were out and about across the Avon and Somerset force area and by the end of the night's festivities only four cell spaces were left between South Gloucestershire and Yeovil.

Drunken behaviour, rowdiness, assaults and domestic violence were the most evident crimes in the Weston, Burnham and Highbridge areas.

Burnham neighbourhood inspector Roger Tolley said: "It was very busy across the force and much busier than last year.

"The cases were mainly assaults, some quite nasty, and those responsible were arrested.

"We were working flat out and it didn't quieten down until about 5.30am."

Insp Tolley said his pre-beat briefing took 45 minutes compared to a usual 10 minutes as there were so many incidents he had to be filled in on.

He said that Burnham was a lot quieter than Highbridge, with several arrests being made in Sparks Way.

He added: "There was a lot more trouble in Highbridge but this was due to a specific group of people who were acting irresponsibly and upsetting a lot of people.

"The amount of rowdiness and nuisance behaviour was caused by groups of people meeting, which caused a disproportionate amount of crime."

Three arrests were made in Cheddar, two of which were in the area's pubs.

Only minor incidents occurred in Weston this year, compared to the severe assault last New Year's Eve in which 25-year-old Darren Plumley was killed.

Weston's superintendent Chris Weigold said: "There were no significant incidents in Weston on New Year's Eve and those incidents we did attend were minor public order offences.

"This, combined with the cold weather, made for a fairly peaceful evening.

"I would like to thank the local community and our partner agencies, including North Somerset Council licensing officers and local licensed premises, for supporting our operations across the district.


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