POLICE are warning Royal Wedding revellers not to spoil the party as Hartlepool gets ready to celebrate.
Hartlepool Police Chief Inspector Kathy Prudom issued a stern warning that anyone responsible for booze-related bother will be dealt with quickly and strongly as police prepare for another four-day public holiday.
Hartlepool and east Durham is set to celebrate today’s wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton with scores of street parties.
Many are also expected to hit the town centre pubs and bars as they take advantage of the extra days holiday.
Extra officers will be out on the streets across town to make sure the celebrations pass off peacefully.
Chief Insp Prudom has encouraged people to enjoy themselves but warned: “Anyone who spoils what promises to be good Bank Holiday and Royal Wedding celebrations will be dealt with accordingly for their own safety and the safety of the community.
“As always the message is sensible drinking. Enjoy the weekend and the wedding celebrations, but above all the message is to keep safe and drink sensibly.”
Chief Insp Prudom said officers are gearing up for a busy weekend following the Easter break last weekend.
She said: “We have got extra patrols out as always including dedicated patrols in the town centre and within the communities.
“Last weekend because of the warm weather and long weekend there was a lot more community celebrations and activities so we are policing it a similar way.
We expect there to be more people visiting the town and area’s like the marina.”
People who get out of line can be ordered to leave the town centre and not return for 48 hours, or arrested and thrown in a cell for the night.
Chief Insp Prudom said the four-day Easter break passed off without any serious incidents and is hoping for the same again this weekend.