Weston has its first crime free weekend in years

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 January 2011 | UPDATED: 08:45 28 January 2011

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WESTON has enjoyed its first crime-free weekend in years, with not a single arrest being made.

Town centre police Sergeant Pete Land said he was ‘delighted’ to report that Weston experienced its first Friday and Saturday night, on January 8 and 9, without a single arrest.

Sgt Land said frequent arrests in the centre tend to be linked to alcohol consumption and include swearing, being drunk and disorderly and fighting.

He said: “Personally I think Weston is on the up. There was not one single incident - no arrests at all.

“I can’t remember in the four years I have been Sergeant when this has happened

“I am delighted at this and the biggest credit is not only to the police but is to the bar managers and door staff which take a real active role in helping reduce incidents, and notwithstanding, the public.”

Weston, known like many other seaside resorts for its sometimes troublesome night-time economy, has more than 50 bars, pubs and restaurants where revellers can enjoy a tipple.

When the Mercury canvassed the public to see what they thought of the news of no arrests, many said they were shocked and pleased but wondered whether it could be a one-off.

Sgt Land said that increased extensive licence checks, a clamp down by door staff on identification and new devices from the Home Office, such as specialist torches to look for traces of drugs in bars, have all acted as good deterrents of crime.

Over the last few years the town’s crime hotspots, such as the The Sands, which no longer runs as a nightclub and has new owners, and club Vision, which remains unsold and vacant, took up the majority of police time on weekend evenings.

Vision was known for its notorious ‘all-you-can-drink’ offers and The Sands had its licence suspended for six weeks because of the level of trouble at the Beach Road site, which included an eyebrow-biting incident and a woman beating a man with her stiletto.

After the closure of the clubs police were called to club Destiny in Beach Road more than 200 times in an 18-month period to deal with a a variety of incidents including bottle attacks, an alleged rape and thefts.

Since then it has been transformed into Lacosta’s Seaside Bar and Restaurant, and owners Louis and Andreas Macrides say they have not had a single incident since the refit.

n What do you think of the news? Has Weston’s night scene changed? Add your comment below.

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