Extra police pay off as assaults fall by 15%

CITY centre cops dealt with almost 400 incidents during one of their busiest weekends of the year.

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Police dealt with 400 incidents over the weekend
Police dealt with 400 incidents over the weekend

Despite more than 100,000 party-goers descending on the busy Glasgow central beat, there were just three serious assaults at the weekend.

And none of those incidents involved a weapon.

Police Scotland's City Centre Area Commander Alan Porte today revealed serious assaults in Glasgow city centre have fallen by 15%.

The dramatic drop was measured in the last nine months, when incidents of knife carrying and robbery also fell.

Officers recorded 12 fewer "group one" crimes - such as serious assault - as against the same period last year.

Mr Porte has led the clean-up, which has seen crime levels dramatically reduced, improving the city for workers, residents and revellers.

He told the Evening Times: "Last weekend was a particularly busy one for police officers in Glasgow city centre.

"Many of the incidents were fuelled by people misusing alcohol.

"It is really heartening however that we have, along with our partners, managed to keep levels of violence at an all time low.

"Assault is 12% lower than this time last year and those assaults that result in a more serious injury are down 15%.

"We will continue to work hard to make Glasgow an even safer city centre to visit."

At the weekend, one man was arrested after allegedly making a hoax call to the fire brigade when he was unable to open a revolving door at a hotel.

The 29-year-old has been reported to the procurator fiscal.

Among the 380 calls to police at the weekend were breach of the peace incidents, minor assaults and disorder.

As previously reported by the Evening Times, Mr Porte deployed extra officers in the city over the weekend, one of the busiest of the year.

Partygoers - particularly women - are also reminded to avoid walking in unlit areas, including the city centre's many lanes.

Police will also carry out extra patrols as partygoers descend on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, this weekend.

With around 100,000 people descending on the city centre alone at weekends, it can be seen as a target for criminals looking for an opportunity.

However, high visibility police patrols are sending a message to potential criminals, while also providing reassurance for the public.

A multi-agency approach has seen police working with Community Safety Glasgow, NiteZones, the SOS bus and Glasgow Street Pastors Service.

rebecca.gray@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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