Po­lice: re­open­ing ‘couldn’t have gone bet­ter’

Windsor & Eton Express - - News -

ROYAL BOR­OUGH: With the re­open­ing of pubs across the coun­try on Satur­day, po­lice in the bor­ough were on the look­out for an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and flout­ing of COVID-19 safety guid­ance, writes Adrian

Wil­liams.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of pubs open­ing, Thames Val­ley Po­lice is­sued warn­ings on its web­sites and so­cial me­dia, ad­vis­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to take care, ob­serve so­cial dis­tanc­ing and not to go over­board.

Over­all, the re­open­ing was a suc­cess. In­spec­tor Tracey Croucher said there were ‘a cou­ple of scuf­fles’ at pub clos­ing time, but other­wise, the re­open­ing ‘couldn’t have gone any bet­ter’.

Be­fore the re­open­ing, po­lice and mem­bers of the Royal Bor­ough li­cens­ing team vis­ited ev­ery pub in the lo­cal po­lice area (LPA) to make sure all were fully COVID-19 com­pli­ant.

Po­lice also vis­ited through­out the day and evening over the week­end. They ob­served only a few pubs which were ‘over­crowded’, by the new COVID-19 stan­dards.

For the time be­ing the po­lice are is­su­ing guid­ance rather than com­ing down hard on pubs that have not yet quite man­aged to iron out their so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures.

Po­lice is­sued a 48-hour dis­per­sal no­tice around prob­lem ar­eas, in­clud­ing Cock Marsh near Bourne End and The Bro­cas by the Thames in Eton.

A dis­per­sal or­der al­lows po­lice to quickly break up groups dis­play­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, such as break­ing glass bot­tles.

“Putting up a dis­per­sal or­der in ad­vance shows the pub­lic that we’re tak­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour se­ri­ously,” said In­spec­tor Croucher.

Last week­end there were no gath­er­ings at Cock Marsh, and two in­ci­dents of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour (pub­lic uri­na­tion) on The Bro­cas.

Head of lo­cal polic­ing, chief su­per­in­ten­dent Chris­tian Bunt, said: “Thames Val­ley Po­lice would like to thank the pub­lic for their sup­port af­ter the fur­ther eas­ing of lock­down re­stric­tions on Satur­day. Over­all the week­end passed with­out sig­nif­i­cant in­ci­dent with the vast ma­jor­ity en­joy­ing them­selves re­spon­si­bly and ad­her­ing to the Gov­ern­ment guid­ance.”

Po­lice will also be mon­i­tor­ing pubs, bars and pub­lic spa­ces this com­ing week­end.

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