Hull Fair: Police keep lid on drink-fuelled crime
POLICE have seen a sharp fall in the number of people getting involved in drunken misbehaviour at Hull Fair.
Officers say the atmosphere at the carnival is more "family-friendly" than previous years and they have already started planning ahead for the next event.
Humberside Police say the drop in alcohol issues is down to the dispersal orders that are given to anyone believed to be causing problems in the area.
It gives police the power to direct people who are aged 16 and above to leave a specified area for up to 48 hours, if someone is likely to cause, or contribute to alcohol-related crime or disorder.
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Sergeant Stuart Constable, who looks after the day-to-day policing at Hull Fair, said: "I've been working on the fair for the past four years and I've seen a steady decrease and then a major decrease in the amount of drunken misbehaviour.
"It's zero-tolerance all the way and we've been hard on those who have been drinking and causing trouble.
"There are banners all over the fair about alcohol and if we see someone with a can it is disposed of in public view.
"Every time the officers come on shift there is a briefing and they are shown photographs of those who have been banned from the site – otherwise we'd be playing catch-up.
"It's a major success story that we have managed to bring down the amount of drunken incidents."
Humberside Police recorded a 78 per cent reduction in public order offences of people being drunk and disorderly at Hull Fair last year, compared with 2010.
They say it is a figure they are continuing to reduce.
Sergeant Constable said in his experience the atmosphere has improved over the years.
He said: "People have already volunteered to police the next event because it is unique and everyone is happy to work it.
"If people see us smiling and happy, they feel safe.
"We've also got a great relationship with the Showmen's Guild and I've loved working with them.
"I had a visitor from Sheffield come over to tell me how safe they felt and how nice the atmosphere is.
"When you go to the fair this year it's really jolly, everyone is happy and there's a lot of laughing and joking."