Army cops may hit streets again

Soldiers from Lancashire heading to Afghanistan.
Soldiers from Lancashire heading to Afghanistan.
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Blackpool police say they hope to work more regularly with military police officers after ‘millionaires weekend’ passed without incident.

Sgt Steven Hardman, who has special responsibility for Blackpool town centre, said the Army’s support ahead of the anticipated influx of soldiers to the resort was “a preventative measure”.

‘Millionaires weekend’ was the first pay day for military personnel after many serving soldiers returned from war torn Afghanistan.

With almost all of the 500 soldiers based at Weeton Barracks given leave, police hoped the presence of four Royal Military Police (RMP) officers from the 174 Provost Company based in Donnington would prevent any alcohol fuelled trouble in the town centre at the weekend.

Sgt Hardman said: “The very windy and wet conditions stopped any likely trouble brewing.

“Working with the military police is great for Blackpool police as it is all about preventing any trouble before it happens.

“We now hope to work with the military police on a more regular basis.”

Cpt Michael Boyd, 2nd in Command of 174 Provost Company, said the operation helped to forge closer links with Blackpool police officers.

He said: “The weekend operation in support of Lancashire Police was a really useful exercise and very quiet from our perspective – our officers encountered no trouble involving service personnel.

“We routinely work with civilian police forces across the UK and so it’s good to establish closer links with our colleagues in Blackpool.”

‘It’s good to establish closer links’

Major George Briscoe, of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, added: “Our soldiers are made fully aware of the high expectations we have of them whether they are at work or on leave.

“As such, 2 LANCS has an excellent relationship with our neighbours throughout Blackpool and the Fylde and we are delighted that the work we are carrying out, with the support of the Royal Military Police and Lancashire Police, is bearing fruit.”

The sergeant and three corporals patrolled the town centre on foot before helping the police to close off the Prom after a accident involving a pedestrian and a taxi.

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