Bank holiday binge drink warning

Inspector Lee Rukin.
Inspector Lee Rukin.

POLICE chiefs are warning revellers in Hartlepool to behave this bank holiday weekend or face seeing a different kind of bars.

The August bank holiday is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for booze-related bother and emergency services and hospital staff are once again bracing themselves.

Ahead of the weekend, police have issued a stark warning to revellers to drink responsibly or risk being thrown in the back of a police van.

Hartlepool Temporary Chief Inspector, Lee Rukin, said: “Over a bank holiday period we get an increase in disorder, mostly as a result of people drinking an excessive amount of alcohol.

“This increase puts more pressure on our resources and those of our partner agencies.

“My message to those that are planning on going out for a drink this weekend is to drink responsibly, act appropriately and think about the consequences that your actions could have on others, otherwise, the bars you see this weekend may not be the bars that you envisaged.

“Anyone that gets involved in disorder can be assured that they will be dealt with robustly.”

Cleveland Police is teaming up with the Safer Hartlepool Partnership to make sure everyone has a good time and stays safe.

Sergeant Jonathan Wrigley, of Hartlepool licensing unit, added: “We’d like people to go out and enjoy themselves over the weekend. However, we would encourage them not to drink more than they can tolerate.

“We work in conjunction with the Hartlepool Licensees Association to promote responsible drinking and to ensure that all the pubs in the town are safe places for people to have an enjoyable evening.”

Their message has been echoed by A&E chiefs.

Suresh Wadhwani, consultant accident and emergency consultant at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Of course people should have good time over the bank holiday, but stay within sensible drinking limits.

“What should have been a good night out could end disastrously for the individual or those around them.”