Police issue safety advice for a happy St Patrick’s Day

PC Kaur with revellers at last year’s parade

Local Police officers will be out and about in Digbeth today, making sure that the estimated 85,000 revellers taking part in St Patrick’s Day celebrations do so in a safe and secure environment.

Of course, the parade is already a safe event; there were only five arrests at the 2013 parade, which was less than at Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot!

Police have been working with the event organisers, city council, licensees and other emergency services to prepare for the festivities and have issued the following advice:

  • If arriving by car, drive safely and always park considerately.
  • Make sure car windows and sunroofs are secured.
  • Never leave valuables on show in cars.
  • Be aware of personal belongings.
  • Always make sure handbags are secured and never leave you wallet in a back pocket.
  • If drinking, pace yourself and alternate alcoholic with soft drinks.
  • Stay with your friends and pre-book a taxi home.
  • Never be tempted to drink and drive.

Inspector Paul Dutton, who is responsible for policing in Digbeth, said: “We want people to have a good time and stay safe. Our officers will be out patrolling the area and available to deal with any concerns.”

To help with the clear-up operation after today’s parade, bars will be operating a restricted entry for two hours from 16:00. In addition, off-licences in the area will not be selling alcohol between 16:00 and 18:00. This is to ensure that Digbeth High Street is ready for the close of the shops in the city centre and the associated surge in traffic.

For live updates on today’s policing operation, follow @brumpolice on Twitter.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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