Police to beat fair trouble

A SPECIAL policing plan will swing into action in a bid to prevent trouble from flaring at Nailsea's annual May fair. Police

A SPECIAL policing plan will swing into action in a bid to prevent trouble from flaring at Nailsea's annual May fair.Police have been talking with Nailsea Local Action Team to draw up a strategy to ensure the event - taking place over the May Day weekend - is trouble free.The new strategy - aimed at policing the event proactively and nipping potential trouble in the bud - has been put together following concerns about antisocial behaviour at last year's fair.The event, organised by 2nd Nailsea Scouts, was plagued with complaints about under-age drinking, antisocial behaviour and fighting.Tesco store had to close its garage and limit its alcohol sales after trouble flared.Police have already been talking to retailers about the dangers of selling alcohol to those under 18 and drafted in extra police to patrol the fair over the May Day weekend.Officers will also be issuing fixed penalty notices of £80 to anyone behaving badly, dropping litter or buying alcohol for minors.The alcohol ban in place at the Scotch Horn Park will also be robustly enforced.Nailsea Police sector inspector Steve Date said: "These are a package of preventative measures."We have been talking to young people at local schools and have also been speaking to the CCTV control room to make them aware of what is going on in the town and where the hotspots are."We have allocated more resources for the May Fair weekend including four special constables, two beat officers and two police community support officers."That is in addition to the officers on duty in Nailsea."We have also increased our staff in Clevedon and Portishead for that weekend so they can be called on if necessary."I am confident, with early intervention, we can nip problems in the bud."The fairground will be at the park from April 27 until May 1. The main fair, packed with stalls and attractions, takes place on May 1.Chairman of 2nd Nailsea Scouts Richard Simmonds said: "I am pleased there is proactive policing in relation to the May Fair."However, these problems are not directly linked to the fair and happen most Friday nights all year round."There are many attractions and we want everyone to come along and enjoy a fun day out with the family.