Drunken revellers shown footage of antics to act as deterrent

By James Wilmore

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A police tactic to show drunken revellers video footage of their previous night's antics has been branded "effective" as drinkers were "shocked" by...

A police tactic to show drunken revellers video footage of their previous night's antics has been branded "effective" as drinkers were "shocked" by their behaviour.

The tactic was used by Lancashire Police over the Christmas period, in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, as part of an operation to crackdown on violent crime.

Over a two-and-a-half week period there were four fewer violent crimes, year-on-year, in Burnley town centre.

Chief Inspector Jon Bullas, who led the operation, said: "Showing revellers footage of their drunken behaviour the morning after certainly proved to be an effective tactic.

"The majority of people were shocked and upset by what they saw and I hope it acts as a deterrent in the future."

The BAND (Burnley Against Night-time Disorder) scheme was also acknowledged for helping cut crime.

The scheme sees licensees, council and police officials meeting each month to identity potential troublemakers. Seventy-five people are currently banned from venues in Burnley for between six months and two years as part of the scheme.

Chief Inspector Bullas added: "We are determined to keep up the strong partnerships we have established with the licensees and door supervisors in the town centre to ensure that people can enjoy a safe night."

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