Sussex Police face new year’s violence

The Argus: Sussex Police face new year’s violence Sussex Police face new year’s violence

Police were left battered and bruised after a wet and windy New Year’s Eve marred by drunkenness and violence.

Officers nursed suspected broken wrists and bleeding mouths after arresting at least four in Brighton and handing out 11 dispersal orders.

Gale-force winds and driving did not keep revellers at home with pubs and clubs jam-packed with punters paying premium prices.


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Sergeant Dave Bennett took to Twitter after his overnight shift and said: “Grim state of affairs. The amount of assaults on officers was ridiculous.”

He added: “Woke up with mouth bleeding, sore left arm and banging headache. Just a typical New Year’s Eve then!

#999NYE.”

Sergeant Jonathan Hartley wrote on Twitter: “Started 2014 in A&E with suspected fractured wrist following someone’s attempt to evade police. Thankfully just soft tissue damage #NYE999”

Sergeant Ned Edwards said officers were left with “bruised pride and bruised bodies” but were “okay”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Lots of assaults on PCs last night.

Unacceptable!”

He added: “Proud of my team who were polite in the face of provocation and professional at all times. Dealt with victims with compassion.

#team999.”

Sgt Edwards said at 5am yesterday four were in custody and 11 Section 27 orders for violence had been issued.

According to one report Vodka Revolution on West Street was forced to close early after a brawl broke out.

But elsewhere party-goers sawin the NewYear with style.

Despite fears many would stay indoors around 300 went out to watch The Meow Meows at The Gladstone in Lewes Road, Brighton.

Manager Paul Wossner said: “It was the best NewYear’s Eve I think we’ve ever had – we were full to capacity.”

Hotel Du Vin hosted a black tie event priced at £129 a ticket.

Reception manager Stephanie Ryan said: “The pub was absolutely rammed as well so it was a brilliant night.”

Around 200 headed to The Loft, on Middle Street, to enjoy resident Brighton DJs from Disco Deviant.

Meanwhile, Radio 1 dubstep DJ Skream saw in the sunrise at an after party at seafront club Digital.

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2:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

rayellerton says...

The only way to get the violence off our streets is to revoke the 24 hour drinking law.....it was only brought in because the brewers, who were making a massive loss in the 90's as booze sales dropped amongst younger people. Their first response was alcopops...which still didnt make them enough money. so they threw £m's at the labour party lobbying for the law change. No thought was given to the consequences of this, and of taking away licencing from the magistrates ( who had nothing to gain) and giving it to councils who see the issuing of late licences as another income stream..
The only way to get the violence off our streets is to revoke the 24 hour drinking law.....it was only brought in because the brewers, who were making a massive loss in the 90's as booze sales dropped amongst younger people. Their first response was alcopops...which still didnt make them enough money. so they threw £m's at the labour party lobbying for the law change. No thought was given to the consequences of this, and of taking away licencing from the magistrates ( who had nothing to gain) and giving it to councils who see the issuing of late licences as another income stream.. rayellerton

4:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Brighton Living says...

Nobody went to town for the Sale but they all managed to go out and pay premium prices for drink. Mmmmmmm sign of the times were people are reliant on drink to get through the day-to-day not light at the end of the tunnel country!
Nobody went to town for the Sale but they all managed to go out and pay premium prices for drink. Mmmmmmm sign of the times were people are reliant on drink to get through the day-to-day not light at the end of the tunnel country! Brighton Living

4:44pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

Disgusting. Time something was done about West Street,
Disgusting. Time something was done about West Street, sussexram40

5:01pm Thu 2 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Disgusting. Time something was done about West Street,
Yes, let's relocate it to outside your house, would that be better ? The solution is not to issue dispersal orders for violence, the solution is to lock the t*ats up so they maybe think twice about their actions. There is no responsibility anymore, everything is always someone else's fault.....
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Disgusting. Time something was done about West Street,[/p][/quote]Yes, let's relocate it to outside your house, would that be better ? The solution is not to issue dispersal orders for violence, the solution is to lock the t*ats up so they maybe think twice about their actions. There is no responsibility anymore, everything is always someone else's fault..... All 9 of me

5:34pm Thu 2 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

I come from a small town in Cumbria of about 35000 on NYE there was a massive visable police presence as the town swells with party goers from the surrouing villages etc.What I have noticed in B&H especially over the last year the police rely on the nightlife to police itself backed up by private security in cars where once police cars were parked.The most annoying thing in B&H is crime is officially down but in reality crime is massively up especially after dark we quite simply don't have many police on duty to record crime,the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year the polices online reporting form get ignored so even the public cant easily report crime..Unfortunately sussex police have moved away from visable policing due to the cuts and cant even answer all 999 calls.If the police were actually on the streets especially on big party nights it would stop lots of the trouble.I certainly would not like to be a policeman sent into a situation knowing due to the cuts you have NO backup.The night time economy is important to B&H the police should stop relying on the private security industry to police it and become more involved.
I come from a small town in Cumbria of about 35000 on NYE there was a massive visable police presence as the town swells with party goers from the surrouing villages etc.What I have noticed in B&H especially over the last year the police rely on the nightlife to police itself backed up by private security in cars where once police cars were parked.The most annoying thing in B&H is crime is officially down but in reality crime is massively up especially after dark we quite simply don't have many police on duty to record crime,the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year the polices online reporting form get ignored so even the public cant easily report crime..Unfortunately sussex police have moved away from visable policing due to the cuts and cant even answer all 999 calls.If the police were actually on the streets especially on big party nights it would stop lots of the trouble.I certainly would not like to be a policeman sent into a situation knowing due to the cuts you have NO backup.The night time economy is important to B&H the police should stop relying on the private security industry to police it and become more involved. clubrob6

7:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

DCCCCCC says...

I was told recently that many barristers are out of work as people are not prosecuted anymore! The whole system needs an overhaul!
I was told recently that many barristers are out of work as people are not prosecuted anymore! The whole system needs an overhaul! DCCCCCC

7:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

-Lightbulb says...

clubrob6 wrote:
I come from a small town in Cumbria of about 35000 on NYE there was a massive visable police presence as the town swells with party goers from the surrouing villages etc.What I have noticed in B&H especially over the last year the police rely on the nightlife to police itself backed up by private security in cars where once police cars were parked.The most annoying thing in B&H is crime is officially down but in reality crime is massively up especially after dark we quite simply don't have many police on duty to record crime,the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year the polices online reporting form get ignored so even the public cant easily report crime..Unfortunately sussex police have moved away from visable policing due to the cuts and cant even answer all 999 calls.If the police were actually on the streets especially on big party nights it would stop lots of the trouble.I certainly would not like to be a policeman sent into a situation knowing due to the cuts you have NO backup.The night time economy is important to B&H the police should stop relying on the private security industry to police it and become more involved.
clubrob6 - you are such a broken record! You haven't even read the story have you, just seen a police story and pulled out the same few lines again! You obviously weren't out on New Year's Eve. There was a massive police presence all over the town centre all highly visible in high viz. This story is about the number of unacceptable assaults on officers trying to do their job of protecting the public so everyone can enjoy their night out. I'm sure they would like to be enjoying themselves but instead they get on with their jobs through wind/rain and assaults and do Brighton proud. Maybe you should focus your anger on the small minority who spoil it for the rest of us, or lobby your MP for more money to be given to Police so they can afford to put even more officers on the street.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: I come from a small town in Cumbria of about 35000 on NYE there was a massive visable police presence as the town swells with party goers from the surrouing villages etc.What I have noticed in B&H especially over the last year the police rely on the nightlife to police itself backed up by private security in cars where once police cars were parked.The most annoying thing in B&H is crime is officially down but in reality crime is massively up especially after dark we quite simply don't have many police on duty to record crime,the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year the polices online reporting form get ignored so even the public cant easily report crime..Unfortunately sussex police have moved away from visable policing due to the cuts and cant even answer all 999 calls.If the police were actually on the streets especially on big party nights it would stop lots of the trouble.I certainly would not like to be a policeman sent into a situation knowing due to the cuts you have NO backup.The night time economy is important to B&H the police should stop relying on the private security industry to police it and become more involved.[/p][/quote]clubrob6 - you are such a broken record! You haven't even read the story have you, just seen a police story and pulled out the same few lines again! You obviously weren't out on New Year's Eve. There was a massive police presence all over the town centre all highly visible in high viz. This story is about the number of unacceptable assaults on officers trying to do their job of protecting the public so everyone can enjoy their night out. I'm sure they would like to be enjoying themselves but instead they get on with their jobs through wind/rain and assaults and do Brighton proud. Maybe you should focus your anger on the small minority who spoil it for the rest of us, or lobby your MP for more money to be given to Police so they can afford to put even more officers on the street. -Lightbulb

8:27pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

It's time the law against servibng alcohol to drunks was enforced. When you see all these marauding drunks on the streets around the clubs and bars then they haven't suddenly stepped out the door and got drunk.
It's time the law against servibng alcohol to drunks was enforced. When you see all these marauding drunks on the streets around the clubs and bars then they haven't suddenly stepped out the door and got drunk. sussexram40

11:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

sussexram40 wrote:
It's time the law against servibng alcohol to drunks was enforced. When you see all these marauding drunks on the streets around the clubs and bars then they haven't suddenly stepped out the door and got drunk.
Unfortunately the treasury won't allow anything to come between its (probable) biggest cash cow, and the general safety of the public, who in the main have no intent on causing disorder on a night out. I was in Amsterdam over the new year period, and it was pretty much the same there on new years' eve, a lot of drunken brawling, but given the amount of people on the streets, and the fact they had been tanking up on the old Grolsch for most of the day, it was fairly minor in scale. Here it seems to be the norm : Go to West Street, stay late, expect to be involved in something unpleasant. I also find it odd given the number of bars and clubs around the town, that the reports of assaults only come from the West St. area, although I am quite sure there are punch ups everywhere
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: It's time the law against servibng alcohol to drunks was enforced. When you see all these marauding drunks on the streets around the clubs and bars then they haven't suddenly stepped out the door and got drunk.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the treasury won't allow anything to come between its (probable) biggest cash cow, and the general safety of the public, who in the main have no intent on causing disorder on a night out. I was in Amsterdam over the new year period, and it was pretty much the same there on new years' eve, a lot of drunken brawling, but given the amount of people on the streets, and the fact they had been tanking up on the old Grolsch for most of the day, it was fairly minor in scale. Here it seems to be the norm : Go to West Street, stay late, expect to be involved in something unpleasant. I also find it odd given the number of bars and clubs around the town, that the reports of assaults only come from the West St. area, although I am quite sure there are punch ups everywhere All 9 of me

3:56am Fri 3 Jan 14

daniio says...

I live already 2 years in Brighton and i feel disgusted by the stupid drunk british people....
I live already 2 years in Brighton and i feel disgusted by the stupid drunk british people.... daniio

10:35am Fri 3 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

daniio wrote:
I live already 2 years in Brighton and i feel disgusted by the stupid drunk british people....
Then why don't you go home?
[quote][p][bold]daniio[/bold] wrote: I live already 2 years in Brighton and i feel disgusted by the stupid drunk british people....[/p][/quote]Then why don't you go home? Ambo Guy

12:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Disgusting. Time something was done about West Street,
Move it to croydon or crawley its where most of these 'revellers' come from anyway
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Disgusting. Time something was done about West Street,[/p][/quote]Move it to croydon or crawley its where most of these 'revellers' come from anyway gheese77

2:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

daniio says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
daniio wrote:
I live already 2 years in Brighton and i feel disgusted by the stupid drunk british people....
Then why don't you go home?
One day people like you will work for £6 per hour for me, or even less, as I was forced to work for £5 per hour during my first 3 months in UK.

You go on drinking, I will make some money during that time, as I work every day.

I just started my business 11 months ago, and made almost 6 figures profit. I dont care if you get drunk, waste your time and money, after 2 years I am moving out. And just to add - I am 23 years old, I havent seen a 23 years old British to work smth else then a waiter, or cashier.
Happy New Year and Good Luck with Drinking
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]daniio[/bold] wrote: I live already 2 years in Brighton and i feel disgusted by the stupid drunk british people....[/p][/quote]Then why don't you go home?[/p][/quote]One day people like you will work for £6 per hour for me, or even less, as I was forced to work for £5 per hour during my first 3 months in UK. You go on drinking, I will make some money during that time, as I work every day. I just started my business 11 months ago, and made almost 6 figures profit. I dont care if you get drunk, waste your time and money, after 2 years I am moving out. And just to add - I am 23 years old, I havent seen a 23 years old British to work smth else then a waiter, or cashier. Happy New Year and Good Luck with Drinking daniio

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