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A great night out for everyone

A Night of Action in Mansfield this weekend saw the number of arrests cut by more than half compared with the equivalent Saturday last year, and no directions to leave issued.

Organised by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), the work involved four Police officers who were tasked with overt use of the drugs machine to identify drug use and monitor queues for excessive drunkenness, and four Police Specials and three PCSOs with MPAC Community Safety Officer Marsha Mann involved in handing out over 200 lollies and 150 bottles of water to people leaving pubs.

Kate Ansty and Sam Yates from Mansfield District Council's Licensing team carried out licensing checks and marshalled taxis while two MDC wardens were carrying out early intervention initiatives until 1am by issuing tickets for urinating and littering.

On the evening, which Police Inspector Neil Williams described as "an exceptionally busy night", there were only two arrests, one for a domestic incident.

"A few who had drunk a tad too much were told to go home and guided to the relevant carriers but no directions to leave had to be issued," Inspector Williams said.

Last year on the equivalent Saturday night there were five arrests, all of which were for assaults, and three directions to leave were issued.

"I think this shows the partnership side working well," Inspector Williams said. "The people involved in the Night of Action did a sterling job, with everyone working together to keep people calm and organised and to encourage them to leave town promptly. The decrease in the number of arrests reflects this."

Licensing Enforcement Officer Kate Ansty added: "The public reacted positively to extra policing and other officers on the venues and the venues loved having them on the door."

Public information videos reminding people not to have one drink too many provided by MPAC were played on screens inside Romans and Cheeky Monkey. More late night venues will be screening these over the next few weeks and they are planned for use on the screens in the main entrance at King's Mill Hospital.

Vision West Nottinghamshire College is also showing them on TV screens in nine locations including students' diners at the Derby Road campus and in the social space and canteen in the Construction and Logistics Skills Academy at Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Commenting on the video, College Communications Manager Richard Skelhorn said: "It's a really powerful video - very effective and thought-provoking."

A Night of Action debrief meeting is now being organised which will look at what worked well and what could be improved and include discussion about the possibility of repeating the action.

Published 17 December 2012

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