Po­lice slammed for re­sponse to rev­ellers’ abuse

Of­fi­cers ac­cused of ‘not try­ing’ to stem prob­lem of Winkers trou­bles

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In emails seen by the Bucks Ad­ver­tiser/ Ex­am­iner, a vil­lager who lives near to the con­tro­ver­sial Winkers Night­club, in Den­ham Lane, has blasted the po­lice for what he sees as ‘not try­ing’ over ‘tar­geted abuse’.

He claimed night time drunks leav­ing the club in the early hours knock over his bins, en­gage in drunk and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour, drive dan­ger­ously, deal drugs and van­dalise cars and prop­er­ties well into the night, ‘se­verely af­fect­ing’ his life.

The man, who does not wish to be named, said he has re­ported the ‘ abu­sive be­hav­iour and dis­tur­bances of the peace’ to the po­lice, coun­cil and lo­cal MP for over a year.

He added: “The law­break­ing has been un­changed, as it has been for over 40 years since Winkers opened.

“Nei­ther [the po­lice] nor the coun­cil have done any­thing to pro­tect us or oth­ers from the law­break­ing of the drunken cus­tomers of Winkers and their sup­pli­ers.”

He feels ‘real ex­as­per­a­tion’ and has had to re­sort to sleep­ing in the back of the house be­cause of the noise.

He said: “Most peo­ple are fed up with it and they know noth­ing changes,” and added: “Things that happed in an in­ner city area are hap­pen­ing in a lit­tle vil­lage in South Bucks.”

A spokesper­son for Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil said: “We can con­firm that we last re­ceived com­plaints from a res­i­dent re­gard­ing Winkers Night­club in April 2016. These were fol­lowed up and re­sponded to at the time.

“Our li­cens­ing of­fi­cers un­der­take reg­u­lar evening checks at the premises to es­tab­lish whether there is any­thing oc­cur­ring that is likely to be a breach of the li­cence or any other is­sues that may cause a nui­sance to lo­cal res­i­dents.

“On re­cent vis­its the premises no is­sues of con­cern have been noted.

“Of­fi­cers will con­tinue to li­aise with the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood po­lice team over any on­go­ing is­sues of con­cern.”

They ad­vised peo­ple liv­ing in the ‘im­me­di­ate vicin­ity’ to put their bins out for collection in the morn­ing or bring them closer to their house to avoid any anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

They added: “We would en­cour­age any res­i­dents who are en­coun­ter­ing any prob­lems of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour to re­port them to the coun­cil or to the po­lice as ap­pro­pri­ate.”

A spokesper­son for the po­lice said: “Thames Val­ley Po­lice is un­able to re­spond to com­plaints made through the me­dia.

“All com­plaints re­gard­ing ser­vice re­ceived from the po­lice are taken ex­tremely se­ri­ously and any con­cerns can be raised with our Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment.”

Po­lice rec­om­mend con­tact­ing 101, writ­ing to the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment, Thames Val­ley Po­lice Head­quar­ters South, Kidling­ton, Ox­ford­shire OX5 2NX or email­ing pro­fes­sional. stan­dards@thames­val­ley. pnn.po­lice.uk.

Winkers was un­avail­able for com­ment as this news­pa­per went to press.

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