Seafront events had little impact on crime and disorder levels, police say

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 July 2014

People enjoying the music and atmosphere.

People enjoying the music and atmosphere.

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THOUSANDS of people came to Weston last month for live music and events, but police say it had little impact on crime and disorder levels.

Sharon Bennett, the neighbourhood inspector for the town, said June was a big success and a ‘huge month’ for Weston.

The air show on June 21-22 was followed by the South West Live and McBusted concerts on June 28-29, and then the Corona Sunsets festival on July 5.

All these events proved popular and attracted tens of thousands of people, with the air festival bringing an estimated 175,000 to Weston across its two days.

At this month’s Police And Communities Together (PACT) meeting, Insp Bennett revealed the busy spell had been a success for police as well.

She said: “From a policing point of view it was quite quiet, certainly manageable.

“We brought in extra officers but we weren’t busy at all. The town itself was busier than usual in the evening but only equivalent to a bank holiday or pay day weekend.

“There were some arrests, but it was all early intervention.

“There wasn’t much extra traffic from the events and there were no serious offences.

“We are really pleased, June was a huge month for Weston.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary received no noise complaints on June 28 during the McBusted event and just five the next day during South West Live, but Insp Bennett suggested the increased noise levels were caused by a change in atmospheric conditions.

According to the police, there was no antisocial behaviour reported linked to the event.

The force tried out a multi-agency approach for the live music weekend, working 
with St John Ambulance, 
street pastors and other groups in the command vehicle – which was parked in Princess Royal Square over the weekend.

Insp Bennett said: “It worked really well being able to work from the same place and it’s certainly something we would look to do again.”

The news will be welcomed by event organisers and town figures, many of whom declared the air festival as Weston’s ‘best ever’ weekend.

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