Tonight sees the start of the 2015 Six Nations Tournament which is widely followed throughout Wales and the UK, and is a time where people come together in pubs and clubs to watch the matches.
Gwent Police is reminding fans to think about their behaviour and the consequences of drinking too much on a Friday, Saturday or even Sunday night during the Six Nations tournament.
During the tournament weekends, Gwent Police will be working with partners to tackle and prevent alcohol-related crime and disorder in town centres. Officers have been contacting licensees to remind them of their role and responsibilities in serving alcohol responsibly. Licensees are also being encouraged to check that their CCTV systems are working correctly.
During the tournament, Police and Trading Standards will also be visiting licensed premises to check that all door staff are SIA (Security Industry Authority) approved, the premises are safe and adhering to the licensing conditions.
Local officers will be working to provide an increased presence in the town centres to deter any crime and disorder on match days. They will also be joined by partner agencies and volunteers such as Street Pastors, a group of volunteers who offer care and support to people on nights out.
Gwent Police will be also be working closely with Council CCTV operators to monitor town centres and look out for any incidents of disorder.
Officers are also reminding those out in bars and clubs to take extra care when out and keep personal possessions safe and secure. This can include: not leaving bags over the back of a chair and keeping wallets and purses close to your body when in pubs, to be discreet when using mobile phones and put them away as soon as you have finished using them and don’t carry more money than you need. Those out enjoying the Six Nations are also reminded to ensure that they have plans in place to get home safely at the end of the evening.
Assistant Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley said: “We want those going out to enjoy the Six National Tournament to do so safely and without causing problems for themselves or others. We will be out across Gwent keeping people safe and making sure people are able to enjoy their evenings.
“As always our advice is clear, if you are drinking during the Six nations weekends period do so responsibly, look after your friends, and ensure you have a safe way planned for getting home.
“Additional officers will be deployed to help deal with the increased numbers of people who are out. Whilst we are clear that our role will be to help people have a safe and enjoyable evening, I would remind anyone who is out and intent on causing any problems for others we won’t tolerate any anti-social or threatening behaviour. Anyone who misbehaves or seeks to spoil things for others can expect to be dealt with by the Police.”