Arrests in drink crackdown in Sheffield

Queue outside Soyo in Rockingham Street, Sheffield.
Queue outside Soyo in Rockingham Street, Sheffield.
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Arrests were made and rowdy revellers handed dispersal orders during extra police patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour in the run-up to Christmas.

Over the weekend, officers from South Yorkshire Police patrolled the streets at night in Sheffield city centre as part of a campaign called ‘Start Thinking, Reduce Your Drinking’.

The campaign is designed to curb irresponsible drinking across the county, in the hope disorder can be kept to a minimum.

On Saturday night, nine police vans toured the city centre, with licensing visits carried out at 10 pubs and bars, including Yates’s, Plug, Walkabout and Dempseys.

A 35-year-old man was arrested for assault, while a man, aged 30, was found with a knife and charged with carrying an offensive weapon.

Meanwhile, police arrested a 21-year-old woman for being drunk and disorderly, and a group of four young men was ordered to leave the city centre after rushing the doors at Players Bar on West Street.

Officers also dealt with a ‘minor scuffle among partygoers’ during a Christmas function at the Copthorne Hotel on Bramall Lane, just before 11.30pm on Saturday.

On Friday night eight police vans were on the roads, with further licensing checks carried out, but there were no arrests made.

Supt Shaun Morley, leading the crackdown on alcohol-related crime, said: “Unfortunately, on occasion some people take their celebrations to an extreme, putting extra pressure on public services over the holiday period.

“We’re asking the public to help us by knowing their limits, drinking sensibly and not putting themselves in a vulnerable position through excessive consumption of alcohol.

“We see too many cases where a person has had one too many and ended up being arrested for being drunk and disorderly – this has then resulted in them being convicted which has a huge impact on their lives, all because of one drunken night out.”