Arrests over bank holiday weekend

POLICE made more than 50 violence-related arrests in the county’s main town centres over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

As part of Operation Nightsafe, officers were on hand in the main town centre’s to prevent any potential disorder from taking place.

Between Thursday, April 5 and Sunday, April 8, there were 109 reported incidents of violence across the county. A total of 54 people were arrested for violence-related offences.

Operation Nightsafe lead, Chief Inspector Fay Tennet, said: “This is a 13 per cent reduction compared to the Easter period last year, but this figure is still far too high. Any one of these incidents could have ended tragically and destroyed lives.

“We will be working hard over upcoming months to use our police powers to combat alcohol-related crime and disorder more effectively and extensively.

“We will look to target potential offenders of violent crime, educate young members of the community about the consequences, and engage with people about ways to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime on a night out.”