Troublemakers get a red card

PCSO Liam Whittington pictured with the Red Cards'PA1129-19
PCSO Liam Whittington pictured with the Red Cards'PA1129-19

TROUBLEMAKERS in the town centre are being shown the red card as part of a new police crackdown.

It is being given to people guilty of causing a nuisance, from violence and drunkenness to less serious forms of anti-social behaviour in Bridlington’s pub and club zone near the sea front.

Any person whom police believe is causing, or is likely to cause, a problem who gets a card must leave the area and not return for anything up to 48 hours. If they do they will be arrested.

Sgt Steve Dove, of Bridlington Police, said: “It allows us early intervention with any potential offenders, letting us move them from the area for up to 48 hours and reduce the chance of them being involved in public disorder, frequently drink related, later on in the evening.”

He said numerous cards had been given out since they were introduced in June. Some of these had led to arrests and there has been a reduction in calls for officers to deal with late night incidents.

Those on the receiving end get a Red Card which explains they have to leave the designated area – shown as a map of the restricted zone.

They may not return within a specified time frame, which can be anything up to 48 hours, or they risk arrest.

The name, address, and a description of the culprit or potential offender is immediately logged on a database at the police station, and CCTV operators are warned to focus in on those receiving cards so they can be tracked should they return.

The current Red Card zone is between Promenade and the sea front a point north of Leisure World, down to the junction with Chapel Street, and the sea front and the area bounded by Chapel Street itself and Manor Street down to the harbour. This takes in areas where most of the late-night problem are, usually drink related.

First tried out in Hull with great success, the Red Card scheme operates under the complete control of police officers who have the power to implement it under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.

It was brought in for the busy summer season, but can be in place for as long as they see fit and in any area they choose, unlike dispersal orders which are for a fixed period and require East Riding of Yorkshire Council approval.