Enjoy yourselves responsibly, says Torridge inspector
POLICE will once again be providing a visible presence across Torridge on New Year s Eve, says Bideford area Inspector Shaun Kenneally. We have been working closely with all emergency services and the local council in the planning and resourcing for the
POLICE will once again be providing a visible presence across Torridge on New Year's Eve, says Bideford area Inspector Shaun Kenneally.
"We have been working closely with all emergency services and the local council in the planning and resourcing for the Bideford event over several months. It is always a good natured, enjoyable evening and we are looking forward to it once again," he said.
"Simple requests are that you drink sensibly and within your limits. Be careful to place glass items in the bins provided, as broken glass on the streets can lead to injuries. Plastic containers and drinking vessels are the obvious solution and local retailers are well stocked with this as are the local public houses.
"We plan for and expect a lot of people out on New Year's Eve as it is such a great event across the whole of Torridge, but in particular there are always large congregations in Bideford. That clearly places increased demand on all the services seeking to ensure you enjoy your evening.
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"We expect to be kept busy looking after people and ensuring they enjoy themselves. To the very small minority who may seek to misbehave and spoil it for the majority the message is quite simple - it will not be tolerated, nobody wants it and you will be dealt with quickly, effectively and robustly."
n ALTHOUGH the minor injuries unit at Bideford Hospital will close at its normal 8.30pm on New Year's Eve, special arrangements have been made to provide first aid cover for the thousands of revellers expected for the celebrations on the town's quayside.
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A spokesman for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said that a doctor and a paramedic would be on the quayside to deal with any minor injuries that might occur.
If any more serious casualties were encountered they would be taken to the North Devon District Hospital, he said.