Booze warning over club days

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POLICE are warning residents there will be no place for under-age drinking or rowdy behaviour as they bid to ensure this summer’s club days pass off without a hitch.

The number of booze-related incidents at the popular events in Lytham, Kirkham and Freckleton has been on the rise – but this year is set to see a massive police operation aimed at keeping the festivities family-friendly.

Officers are already working with local committees and licensees to ensure the safety of everyone attending the events and are planning to put a number of measures in place to ensure the events run smoothly on the day.

Insp Keith Ogle, geographic inspector for Fylde, said: “These are family events and we want all residents to be able to come along and have a great day out.

“However, I want to make it very clear we will not tolerate excessive alcohol consumption which results in unruly, or even criminal, behaviour.

“In the same way, under-age drinking will not be tolerated and we will be confiscating alcohol from youngsters and taking the appropriate action to prevent these children from coming to any harm.”

Police are working closely with the club day committees and staff at local pubs, bars and off-licences to put plans in place to keep any alcohol-related incidents to a minimum and make sure the whole community can enjoy the events.

Insp Ogle added: “We have the full support of the committees and local licensees and together we will be putting a number of measures in place so the club days will be remembered for all the right reasons.”

Fylde Council’s community safety partnership also works hard to ensure safety at the events, encouraging shops to take bottled drinks off sale, contacting licensees to remind them of their responsibilities, and monitoring buses to ensure vast quantities of alcohol are not brought into the towns.

Bryan Ward, community safety manager, said: “Our overwhelming ambition is to make sure people enjoy a thoroughly safe community type day.”

Kirkham Club Day will take place on June 9, Freckleton on June 16 and Lytham on June 23.