Police issue warning to troublemakers ahead of carnival
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 November 2010
POLICE have urged carnival goers at next week's event in Weston to have a fun time - but warned they will crack down on troublemakers.
With around 100,000 people set to watch the carnival, Avon and Somerset Police say they can ban anyone who misbehaves from the town for 48 hours.
The police will be rolling out well-rehearsed plans to ensure everyone has a fun and safe night, and are hoping that this year’s carnival will be as incident-free as the previous two years.
Police numbers are set to be boosted by mounted officers and dog handlers as well as the road policing unit to deal with the extra influx of people.
Chief Inspector Jeff Foreman, head of operations for the North Somerset policing district said: “Our message is quite simple – come and enjoy yourself at the carnival in Weston.
“We want everyone to have an enjoyable time and will roll out well-rehearsed plans to crackdown on any alcohol-fuelled anti social behaviour or public order offences during the evening. Our message is simple - don’t come to Weston if you plan to misbehave.
“If necessary we will make use of Home Office’s ‘powers to move’ legislation, which permit us to move people from the area and prevent them from returning within 48 hours.
“Their photograph will be taken and passed on to the CCTV team at North Somerset Council, who are in constant contact with our officers on the street.”