Most violent resort streets

Craig Southall, general manager for Yates and chairman for Blackpool Pubwatch
Craig Southall, general manager for Yates and chairman for Blackpool Pubwatch
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BLACKPOOL’S most violent streets have been exposed as police reveal a rise in serious attacks across the Fylde coast.

Queen Street, Springfield Road and Market Street in the town centre have been highlighted as hot spots for violence, according to the Government’s crime website.

The police yesterday blamed alcohol abuse for the soaring figures.

But pub bosses said they do not tolerate troublemakers in venues and are working with Blackpool Council and Nightsafe to reduce booze-related violence.

Craig Southall, chairman of PubWatch and manager of Yates’s on Market Street, said: “The problem is you can get a case of beer from a supermarket for a tenner so people drink at home and then come out later.

“But we won’t tolerate unruly behaviour.

“We are working with Blackpool Council and Nightsafe to look at funding for conflict management courses for bar staff.

“It means staff would be far better trained at spotting people who look like they might cause trouble.

“We are looking hard at reducing incidents.”

And Coun Henry Mitchell, chairman of Blackpool Council licensing committee, said: “I agree with the training suggestion – door staff have training and they do a great job.

“There should also be a curtail on supermarket 24 hours supermarkets where they sell alcohol through the night.”

In December 2010, there were 136 incidents of violent crime in central Blackpool.

There were 16 attacks on or near Market Street and 14 incidents on Talbot Road in just one month.

Violence rose in January with 152 incidents – 13 of which were on or near Queen Street and 12 on Springfield Road.

The figures soared again with 171 violent disturbances in February, when Queen Street was again highlighted as having the most incidents with 20 over one month.

In total, all violent crime in Blackpool and Fylde has risen from 5,409 incidents in 2009/2010 to 5,525 last year – a rise of 2.1 per cent.

But serious violent crime – where woundings occur – has rocketed from 250 incidents to 332.

The figures were released in Lancashire Constabulary’s final end of year statistics for April 2010 to March 2011, which showed all crime in western division has reduced by 2.7 per cent from 20,233 incidents to 19,691.

Lancashire Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “We recognise there are some areas where we can improve, for example around violent crime, and we will work with our partners to reduce these figures and ensure victims get the help and support that they need.”