Posted on Monday 27th March

Revellers were encouraged to drink responsibly by officers and partner agencies over the weekend to help make the night life in Crewe a safer place.

Crewe Local Policing Unit along with Cheshire East Council Licensing team and the Security Industry Authority spent Friday night speaking to revellers and visiting pubs and bars across the town.

The night began in Sandbach with officers and local authorities heading to selected premises to issue entry advice to staff and educate them on safe drinking limits as well as ensure people weren’t drinking excessively.

By midnight, officers had travelled across to Nantwich where they maintained a visible presence across the town centre. People in the bars and pubs engaged with officers who educated them on learning to pace their drinks and behave responsibly.

Throughout the night, officers were also joined by Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland who could see at first hand the work carried out by officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland, of Cheshire Constabulary, said: “To be out with officers during one of the busiest nights of the week enabled me to gain an insight into the issues they and the public are facing.

“Although we still want everyone to have a fun and enjoyable time, we are aware of the dangers excessive drinking can cause on not only individuals themselves but the local community.

“While on patrol officers were able to act early by visiting bars and pubs to issue advice on people drinking responsibly and prevent any violence and disorder which often escalates during the early hours.”

The activity carried out by officers in Crewe is part of the force’s county-wide ‘Street Safe’ initiative, which aims to address crimes and incidents that have a direct impact on the public. This includes public safety, drink and drugs as well as street violence in public areas through to anti-social behaviour and extreme violent crime.

Superintendent Pete Crowcroft, who heads up the Constabulary’s Local Policing Units, said: “Reducing violence and anti-social behaviour often caused by the effects of drink and drugs is currently being addressed by officers across the county to make both day and night life a safe place for everybody.

“The work carried out by officers and a partner agencies over the weekend is an example of how the force is working to reduce this behaviour by issuing advice and educating licensed premises as well as door staff and revellers themselves.

“It is clear, nobody should feel unsafe, intimidated or fearful of others when they are out to simply have a good time. Jointly, with the authorities we will work to ensure day and night life in Cheshire is an enjoyable and safe area to be in.”

David Keane, Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner, said: “I want to praise officers in Crewe for their hard work to drive down violent behaviour often caused by excessive drinking to ensure our local communities can have an enjoyable but ultimately a safe night out.”

Elsewhere across the county, Runcorn Local Policing Unit recovered a quantity of drugs and made two arrests following a search warrant at a licensed premises in the town.

Around 25 local and specialist officers entered the High Street, Old Town, on the evening of Friday, 24 March under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A 68-year-old man from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug.

John Owen, of Albert Road, Widnes, has since been charged with the offence and released on bail. He is set to appear at North Cheshire Magistrates’ on 19 April 2017.

A 26-year-old man from Runcorn was arrested and given a caution for possessing a Class A drug.

Inspector Michael Skillen, of Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said: “This was a successful warrant resulting from information provided to us by the local community.

“I would like to thank those who came forward and to reassure the public that we will continue to act on information given to us in our fight to reduce drugs and make our community a safer place to live.”

To follow the work officers carry out under Street Safe follow @CheshirePolice and the local policing accounts or #streetsafe