Warning to drinkers at weekend

THE Bank holiday weekend is a chance to relax with a glass of wine or pint of beer – but police are warning that they will be taking a zero tolerance approach to anyone misbehaving.

Officers are reminding people to drink responsibly on their nights out in our town centres.

The warning comes after officers revealed there have been 32 deaths in Northamptonshire as a result of violence during the past five years.

These include Stuart Martin, who was punched outside Bar Life in Wellingborough in June 2010.

Mr Martin’s family are championing the One Punch, One Life campaign to remind people of the dangers of throwing just one punch.

Operation Nightsafe Chief Inspector Fay Tennet said: “This changed the lives of so many people forever.

“We urge people to think about the consequences before they hit out. One moment of madness can destroy lives. Is it really worth it?”

During the whole weekend, there will be a highly-visible police presence in drinking areas and anyone caught causing trouble could be asked to leave the area.

Chief Inspector Tennet added: “We will be using our section 27 powers, which asks people to leave the area if they are thought to be causing nuisance that might escalate.

“This approach enables us to intervene early.

“Alcohol is a common contributor to the cause of violence – 42 per cent of all violent crime committed between April 2011 and April 2012 was alcohol-related.

“Consuming alcohol in excess has a significant impact on people’s behaviour and rational thought processes.

“We don’t want to stop anyone having fun over the holidays, we just want people to be safe and aware of the impact their behaviour may have on others.”

Officers will be on board the Dynamic Emergency Care Centre to warn drinkers about the consequences of alcohol-related violence as well as steps that people can take to help to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime.

“The mobile unit will be outside Abacus in Dalkeith Place, Kettering, on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7.