Zero-tolerance attitude to drunken fights in Southend this weekend

Be careful if you're going out in town this weekend

The laser campaign has already been carried out in Colchester.

Be careful if you're going out in town this weekend

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DRUNKEN louts getting into fights will be treated with zero tolerance by police this weekend as part of a campaign to stamp out violent crime.

An eye-catching laser campaign will see images warning how a drunken fight could cost everything.

Slogans and images will be projected on well-known buildings such as the Pier Lift tower, the Rossi ice cream building, and the River Island shop.

Meanwhile officers will seek to charge all offenders who commit assault when the One Punch campaign is carried out on Friday and Saturday and during Friday and Saturday the following weekend.

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The clampdown follows a seasonal increase in violent crime linked to the night time economy in Southend.

Good weather and rising temperatures has led to an influx of visitors to the seaside town. But when people stay out longer and drink more violent crime tends to increase.

Chief Inspector Simon Anslow, the Southend district commander, said: "The town has a large and vibrant night time economy. Within that environment there are a relatively small number of violent incidents, sometimes committed by normally law-abiding people influenced by excessive alcohol consumption.

"Any violence is too much and the "One Punch” campaign is focused on reminding those people of the potentially tragic but unintended consequences of a moment’s alcohol-fuelled recklessness.

"We want people to come to Southend to enjoy a good safe night out but there is still a small minority of people who spoil that for other people.

"Our officers will be out on patrol on foot and by car and if we catch anyone committing violence on our town centre streets we will seek prosecution where there is enough evidence.

"Our town centre community officers will also be talking to clubbers and other visitors to explain why the campaign is being carried out and to also to drive home the message that just one punch could have serious consequences for assailants and victims alike.”

The campaign has already had success in Colchester and Clacton.

Police have also created a video to illustrate the dangers of violent behaviour:

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12:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.
This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 62

12:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.
yes agreed, why single out 1 weekend.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.[/p][/quote]yes agreed, why single out 1 weekend. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 70

12:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Russ13 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.
I was thinking exactly the same!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.[/p][/quote]I was thinking exactly the same! Russ13
  • Score: 44

12:17pm Wed 13 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Its amazing how people think they gangsters with a few shots or lines inside them. If there is a genuine grivence between two parties (especially young lads) I kind of think, leave em to it, but when innocent people are beaten up for no reason its not on and the offenders should be severely punished, non of this crying in court / never been in bother before / mum writing the judge a letter / it was out of character nonsense. Give them an immediate custodial. Short sharp shock, if its a first offence, 6 months or so, then on licence for another 6.
Its amazing how people think they gangsters with a few shots or lines inside them. If there is a genuine grivence between two parties (especially young lads) I kind of think, leave em to it, but when innocent people are beaten up for no reason its not on and the offenders should be severely punished, non of this crying in court / never been in bother before / mum writing the judge a letter / it was out of character nonsense. Give them an immediate custodial. Short sharp shock, if its a first offence, 6 months or so, then on licence for another 6. supermadmax
  • Score: 27

12:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Which implies that violence has been treated with tolerance until now: why?
Which implies that violence has been treated with tolerance until now: why? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 24

12:28pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

"One Punch Could Cost you Everything" - I had a few too many punches in the pub the other night and they were right, it cost me a fortune
"One Punch Could Cost you Everything" - I had a few too many punches in the pub the other night and they were right, it cost me a fortune Controversial1
  • Score: -1

12:35pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ian P says...

Why warn them in advance? The Police should spring it on them as a total surprise. It would be far more effective.
Why warn them in advance? The Police should spring it on them as a total surprise. It would be far more effective. Ian P
  • Score: 14

12:54pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Leighdweller says...

What about the Purple Flag we have been awarded? I thought Southend was one of the safest places to go out these days.
What about the Purple Flag we have been awarded? I thought Southend was one of the safest places to go out these days. Leighdweller
  • Score: 10

12:55pm Wed 13 Aug 14

emcee says...

Prevention is easier and cheaper that treating the symptoms, and we all know Essex Police like things easy and cheap.
Prevention is easier and cheaper that treating the symptoms, and we all know Essex Police like things easy and cheap. emcee
  • Score: 9

1:43pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ross Kemp says...

interesting! A friend is a Street Pastor and they often deal with drunken aggression although he says Southend is a safe place at night. When I go out often the behaviour and aggression of officers antagonises situations and this could make things worse although if it gets to a situation where a punch is thrown then things have gone badly wrong. Security should stop it before it gets that far.
interesting! A friend is a Street Pastor and they often deal with drunken aggression although he says Southend is a safe place at night. When I go out often the behaviour and aggression of officers antagonises situations and this could make things worse although if it gets to a situation where a punch is thrown then things have gone badly wrong. Security should stop it before it gets that far. Ross Kemp
  • Score: -1

2:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

Leighdweller wrote:
What about the Purple Flag we have been awarded? I thought Southend was one of the safest places to go out these days.
It is, but it's fairly naieve to think crime doesn't happen. It's all relative; Southend is actually very quiet compared to some towns across the UK.
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: What about the Purple Flag we have been awarded? I thought Southend was one of the safest places to go out these days.[/p][/quote]It is, but it's fairly naieve to think crime doesn't happen. It's all relative; Southend is actually very quiet compared to some towns across the UK. shoess3
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Wed 13 Aug 14

maddriver says...

Ian P wrote:
Why warn them in advance? The Police should spring it on them as a total surprise. It would be far more effective.
Because the idea is prevention, rather than nicking. Much better they are warned off rather than just fill cells and courts with a load of drunks.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: Why warn them in advance? The Police should spring it on them as a total surprise. It would be far more effective.[/p][/quote]Because the idea is prevention, rather than nicking. Much better they are warned off rather than just fill cells and courts with a load of drunks. maddriver
  • Score: -1

6:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

annonnamus says...

It's okay everyone. Come Monday everything will be back to normal and you can punch away as usual. Just remember not to punch during the weekend.
So before you decide to punch, check the time and date, just to make sure it's okay.
If you need futher guidance or instructions, please don't hesitate to ask a police officer who will no doubt give you the appropriate advice.
It's okay everyone. Come Monday everything will be back to normal and you can punch away as usual. Just remember not to punch during the weekend. So before you decide to punch, check the time and date, just to make sure it's okay. If you need futher guidance or instructions, please don't hesitate to ask a police officer who will no doubt give you the appropriate advice. annonnamus
  • Score: 10

8:37pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Touch79 says...

This is just Essex Police highlighting how little they do about this issue the rest of the year round.
This is just Essex Police highlighting how little they do about this issue the rest of the year round. Touch79
  • Score: 5

1:54am Thu 14 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Glad my late nghts out on the town are over. When I was a lass I used to be out late in Southend most nights and hardly any trouble. Wold not attempt it now.
Glad my late nghts out on the town are over. When I was a lass I used to be out late in Southend most nights and hardly any trouble. Wold not attempt it now. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Thu 14 Aug 14

LeeLee1234 says...

Strange that they've picked this weekend. V festival if on and loads of the local drinkers will be there for the weekend. Would it be too cynical to suggest that the police will be saying it was really quiet thanks to their campaign and pat themselves on the back about the success.
Strange that they've picked this weekend. V festival if on and loads of the local drinkers will be there for the weekend. Would it be too cynical to suggest that the police will be saying it was really quiet thanks to their campaign and pat themselves on the back about the success. LeeLee1234
  • Score: 15

5:35am Fri 15 Aug 14

TrevorO says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Which implies that violence has been treated with tolerance until now: why?
Hmmm, let's think. Britain has the SECOND highest crime rates in the developed world - could that be a reason? Or maybe when a victim calls the Police, the response is "What on my tea break - on yr bike!" Or maybe that OFFICIAL EU reports now state corruption is so widespread in the UK that 64% people think corruption is widespread.

Thinking can hurt.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: Which implies that violence has been treated with tolerance until now: why?[/p][/quote]Hmmm, let's think. Britain has the SECOND highest crime rates in the developed world - could that be a reason? Or maybe when a victim calls the Police, the response is "What on my tea break - on yr bike!" Or maybe that OFFICIAL EU reports now state corruption is so widespread in the UK that 64% people think corruption is widespread. Thinking can hurt. TrevorO
  • Score: 0

5:37am Fri 15 Aug 14

TrevorO says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.
Even the Police clobber someone with a stick? Come on, Southend would only have two constables walking the beat.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: This zero tolerance approach should be in action every day/night of the year.[/p][/quote]Even the Police clobber someone with a stick? Come on, Southend would only have two constables walking the beat. TrevorO
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

BeauxBaird says...

I used to busk in southend every weekend for years, normally from 9pm til 3 am when the clubs would be emptying. Until southend council ( a musical & artistic town?) decided to ban us from playing in the high street after 11.

So as you can imagine I have seen my fair share of the problems created by all sorts of different people on several different substances.
Countless times I've seen fights nearly break out , so I'd sing a bit of wonderwall or something of the like (which I know can be annoying when repeated) but instead of fighting people would almost always forget their misunderstandings and sing. People generally just want to have good night and get themselves and their friends home safe. (Bar the rare few that are 'out for a row' so to speak. Which the southend police have always tried to do their best to quell.)
I did not busk solely for income as I have normally been holding down a full time job alongside the busking.
However,
I understand how a street performer can be perceived as a beggar by some (which is illegal, however the normally drug addicted or alcoholic beggars can still be found in large numbers on southend high street 24/7) but I will say that myself and a few other musicians did provide an invaluable service. People had something light hearted to focus on before they made their journey to taxi ranks and kebab shops. Alcohol and testosterone are inevitably going to result in altercations from time to time, maybe a simple thing like allowing hardworking and in my opinion brave musicians to perform for party goers would lessen the hostility on the streets? I honestly now believe we made a difference and for the better. 'Get the buskers back!'

Luke.
I used to busk in southend every weekend for years, normally from 9pm til 3 am when the clubs would be emptying. Until southend council ( a musical & artistic town?) decided to ban us from playing in the high street after 11. So as you can imagine I have seen my fair share of the problems created by all sorts of different people on several different substances. Countless times I've seen fights nearly break out , so I'd sing a bit of wonderwall or something of the like (which I know can be annoying when repeated) but instead of fighting people would almost always forget their misunderstandings and sing. People generally just want to have good night and get themselves and their friends home safe. (Bar the rare few that are 'out for a row' so to speak. Which the southend police have always tried to do their best to quell.) I did not busk solely for income as I have normally been holding down a full time job alongside the busking. However, I understand how a street performer can be perceived as a beggar by some (which is illegal, however the normally drug addicted or alcoholic beggars can still be found in large numbers on southend high street 24/7) but I will say that myself and a few other musicians did provide an invaluable service. People had something light hearted to focus on before they made their journey to taxi ranks and kebab shops. Alcohol and testosterone are inevitably going to result in altercations from time to time, maybe a simple thing like allowing hardworking and in my opinion brave musicians to perform for party goers would lessen the hostility on the streets? I honestly now believe we made a difference and for the better. 'Get the buskers back!' Luke. BeauxBaird
  • Score: 19

6:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

jolllyboy says...

Therem ust be enough of the fights to make it worth their while ! No wonder we dont do southend, night or day.
Therem ust be enough of the fights to make it worth their while ! No wonder we dont do southend, night or day. jolllyboy
  • Score: 0

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