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Christmas revellers turned away from Swansea city centre by police

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

By jason evans

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TWO bus-loads of partygoers have been turned away from Swansea city centre because the passengers were drunk.

Police are warning Christmas revellers arriving in the city in the coming weeks that they can expect to be put back on their coaches or minibuses and sent packing if they have had too much to drink.

Buses, limousines and vans bringing revellers into town from across South West Wales use a designated drop-off point on The Strand, where officers operate a "meet and greet" service.

The police welcome the new arrivals, give directions to pubs and clubs and warn them to behave — but if they are already too full of festive cheer they are put back on the bus and sent home.

Two coach-loads of would-be revellers have already been turned away, and police say they will continue to take similar action to try to curb drunkenness in the city centre.

Acting Chief Inspector Steve Jones said: "The drop-off point will play an important role in Operation Advent, which will see Safer Swansea partners working together to make the city centre a safer place over the Christmas period.

"It provides us with the perfect opportunity to meet and greet visitors and warn them of the consequences of bad behaviour in the form of arrest, fixed penalty notices and being banned from night-time venues.

"If we feel they have already drunk too much alcohol and could later cause trouble in the city centre, they will be sent home.

"We are also continuing to work with residents to alleviate their concerns about the site."

The drop-off point has been trialled over the past few months, and more than 1,000 vehicles have so far used it.

As well as trying to reduce alcohol- related disorder by preventing drunk people from entering the city centre, the facility is also designed to cut the dangers of vehicles stopping Quay Parade, Caer Street and Castle Street to let passengers out.

The drop off point was introduced as part of the Healthy Nightlife initiative, which brings together the police, council, health services and businesses in an attempt make the city centre a safer and healthier place to visit at night.

Reena Owen, Swansea Council's director of environment and the chairwoman of Healthy Nightlife, said the scheme would operate throughout the festive season.

She said: "The pick-up and drop-off point is working very well and was an important part of our plan to make Swansea city centre a safer place at night for its customers. It will continue to be run over the Christmas period as part of our annual partnership activity to make the city centre a safer place to celebrate the festivities."

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  • townhilltom  |  December 14 2012, 10:09PM

    @Julesbreadbox, the Munich Putsch; in the evening of 8.11.1923 and the early afternoon of 9.11.1923 was also known as the Beer Hall Putsch, where Adolf Hitler tried unsuccessfully to sieze power. Two days later he was arrested and charged with high treason. Unfortunately he had a judge who was not unsympathetic and only received a three month sentence, of which he served one month. It was during this time that he started writing " Mein Kampf"...."My Struggle", or "My Fight", depending on how much you know of the language..... However.....what that has to do with getting drunk in Wind Street or any other part of Swansea I don´t know Merry Christmas to all, and looking forward to reading further "gems of wisdom" in 2013....

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  • abertawejack  |  December 14 2012, 9:02PM

    OMG fancy getting drunk before coming into Swansea!, what in heavens name is the world coming to, the cheek of it all.. Obviously the police really should make sure one is sober enough, to then get fully drunk in Wind St, bars firstly and foremost, making grand profits for these high cost drink prices, served at these establishments. Whom writes these scripts I ask?

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  • Julesbreadbox  |  December 14 2012, 3:35PM

    Jiffy, you're so right, onl y that most Putsch 's (i.e. coups d'etat) were plotted in Weinkellern (see J.W. von Goethe "Auerbach's Keller") not bierkeller. Never mind about a mix up of words. It's not your language, anyway. Have yourself a night out on "Wine Street".

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  • SAswan  |  December 14 2012, 2:04PM

    what next ? get the old ack ack going again to take out the coaches as they come over the river !!!!!!!

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  • Jiffy  |  December 14 2012, 1:50PM

    Instead of taking the drunks back home, the coach companies could organise a consolation trip down the pie shop for the crew photographed above. Followed by a chat with the fashion police. Big gurls in miniskirts - jeeez.

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  • Jiffy  |  December 14 2012, 1:30PM

    Julesbreadbox - You're right and have history on your side. You never know the kind of trouble that can spread from a few boozed up idiots in a bierkeller. You know, the odd Putsch or two.

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  • muld00ns  |  December 14 2012, 12:46PM

    @Dan - agreed but what can you do if they insist on stopping and open the door they have no option to stop the vehicle.

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  • Julesbreadbox  |  December 14 2012, 12:27PM

    How can you ever be proud of a city with Wind Street and binge drinking as a major asset? Just look at them!

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  • Dan01  |  December 14 2012, 11:51AM

    muld00ns, probably nothing except that the bus companies etc will likely find themselves at the wrong end of police relations. The drunks won't be in shape to keep any secrets when arrested later on in the night.

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  • geoboy01  |  December 14 2012, 11:08AM

    probably coach companies have had a few months notice of these pickup and drop off points i welcome the health and safety in this programme!!

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