Police are kept busy by boozy revellers

Insp Mick Brown
Insp Mick Brown

POLICE have reported a busy bank holiday weekend for arrests of revellers.

Hartlepool Police say they made a number of arrests for alleged drunk and disorderly behaviour.

But they add that the weekend passed off without any serious incidents.

They have vowed to continue to clamp down on bad behaviour in the town centre caused by drink and are working with licensees and other community partners.

Inspector Mick Brown, of Hartlepool Police, said: “It has been a very busy weekend, but we have a robust strategy for dealing with the night-time economy and a lot of licensees are getting on board with that.

“We have enjoyed some good success with violent crime which has gone down.

“However, we continue to encounter individuals who think it is ok to cause trouble and is usually associated with drink.

“They arrive in the town centre in a drunken state and to commit drunk lewd behaviour and that won’t be tolerated.

“We will turn this around either by our actions or legislation.”

Inspector Brown added the force had enjoyed great success by working with licensees that has seen a reduction in trouble.

They have also started working with street pastors in the Church Street area on weekends in another project which has been hailed a success.