CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a disturbance in Peterborough city centre at the weekend. A man was spotted acting aggressively in Westgate at about 3am on Sunday November 17th.
Officers attended the scene and a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing an affray. Detective Constable Hayley Richardson said: "The area was fairly busy at the time of the incident and I would urge anyone who saw what happened to call police."
Anyone with any information should call DC Richardson on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
This has to be a huge wake up call for all those club, bar, late night restaurant, cafe and Off Licence owners (favoured by 'pre-loaders' and park/bench drinkers) who make up the so called Peterborough Night Time Economy. We had better include all the 'pop up bars' fuelled by TEN's (Temporary Event Notice) applicants as well.
The question simply is: Why on earth was a 17-year-old BOY out at 3am on a Sunday morning AND was arrested on suspicion of causing an affray? Equally depressing the police report says it was fairly busy at 3am SUNDAY MORNING!
Where was your 17 year old last weekend? Do you know?
The City Council is said to be thinking of putting upmarket residential dwellings into the fabled public realm money pit, Central Peterborough. Paying out close to £400 Grand, to have teenagers vomiting, fighting and ripping up your bijou doorstep, would not seem to be the smart way to go.
Perhaps every PCC councillor, should also be out on the streets at 3am on a Sunday Morning with police? Clearly something is very wrong, or at least dysfunctional here.
Councillors on licensing and planning committees, need to be aware. Police already have powers to pull licenses, arrest licensees and close down premises, if the bar / club / restaurant owner is serving those 'who appear to be drunk.'
Simple breath tests as they exit the licensed premises, the loan of a high visibility mobile custody suite (say from Northants Police and parked on Cathedral Square) and the Court backed closure of licensed premises should do it. Make them re-apply and send in the food inspection teams. A months closure just before Christmas, will see the offending outlet closed for good.
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