Hundreds of police call-outs to town’s bars

REPORTS of fighting, fireworks thrown into bars, attacks, abuse and even a lost dog have led to police being called to Bolton’s pubs and clubs hundreds of times over the last two years.

New figures have revealed that between the start of 2011 and the end of 2012, officers were called to town centre bars Yates’s Wine Lodge 177 times, Bamboogy 160 times and Courtneys 123 times.

Police were also called to J2 Nightclub 125 times, the now-closed Ikon nightclub 109 times, The Balmoral 88 times, The Swan 85 times, The Elephant and Castle 82 times, The Late Club 75 times, The Flying Flute 71 times, Durty Gurtys 70 times, McCauleys 62 times and Lush bar 60 times.

Those on the list outside the town centre include 64 calls to The Beehive in Lostock, 73 to The Welcome Inn in Farnworth and 56 to the now closed Flying Shuttle in Farnworth.

The figures — which have been published under the Freedom of Information Act — have been revealed just weeks after Bolton’s top police office, Chief Supt David Hull, said he wants to attract more families to the town centre to end its “unsafe” image.

He described the centre as “not pleasant” and said changes needed to be made to stamp out violence — although he insisted things were steadily improving.

And landlords claim the town centre is safe.

Michelle Parkinson, chairman of Bolton’s Pubwatch scheme, said: “These figures include anything and everything.

“Police could have been called because someone collapsed or they needed to speak to someone in the premises.

“It can give a bad impression of the town and people think that there is trouble and won’t go when it may not be the case.”

Karl Ryan, manager of J2 on Mawdsley Street said: “We are the only club in town and I am amazed by the figures. Our venue is run and managed very safely.”

He added the figures could appear high because police are called for a variety of reason, such as lost purses.

Mr Ryan claimed police were happy about a lack of problems at the club over the Christmas period.

Manager of the Elephant and Caste in Deansgate, Ben Wills, said, as its clientele is more mature than other town centre pubs, there is less trouble and believes the 82 visits were because police wanted to view their CCTV footage if there had been problems outside the building.

“I have been here since October and worked every Friday and Saturday night and there have only been two fights,” he said.

A spokesman at The Beehive was also surprised the figures showed police had been called there 64 times.

He added: “The information is definitely incorrect. We never have any trouble here.”

Steve Aldred, landlord of The Welcome Inn in Farnworth described the claim police had been to his pub on 73 occasions as “ridiculous”.

“We don’t really have much trouble here and to say they have been 73 times is outrageous,” he added.

He said the figures could appear high because of people from the pub call police about incidents in Market Street or at a nearby youth club.

A Yates’s spokesman said: “The data does not correlate with the strict recording of incidents that takes place within Yates’s in Bury and Bolton.

“Each venue has a good working relationship with their local police and licensing and the police have no concerns with the way these premises operate.”

Geoff Thompson, manager of The Balmoral, added: “All the pubs are working together with Pubwatch and we are trying to change the reputation in the area and cut down the amount of police call outs.

“I was brought in in October to try to change the reputation of the place.”

Bozhidar Kafabov, manager of The Flying Flute and The Swan, blamed cheap drink promotions in other bars on the number of call outs.

He said: “We open late and the people coming in late have already had a few drinks and so there will sometimes be problems.

“I think we do have a good relationship with the police and we are always helping the police, even if something happened outside the premises.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman added: “Call-outs could be for anything from lost pets to a member of staff refusing to serve an underage customer. They are not always indicative of how prone to anti-social behaviour a given venue is.

“Using Pubwatch and many other initiatives, our officers work with licensees to make licensed premises as safe as possible.”

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9:19am Tue 12 Feb 13

wild one says...

New figures have revealed that between the start of 2011 and the end of 2012, officers were called to town centre bars Yates’s Wine Lodge 177 times, Bamboogy 160 times and Courtneys 123 times.

Police were also called to J2 Nightclub 125 times, the now-closed Ikon nightclub 109 times, The Balmoral 88 times, The Swan 85 times, The Elephant and Castle 82 times, The Late Club 75 times, The Flying Flute 71 times, Durty Gurtys 70 times, McCauleys 62 times and Lush bar 60 times.

**** holes...no wonder
New figures have revealed that between the start of 2011 and the end of 2012, officers were called to town centre bars Yates’s Wine Lodge 177 times, Bamboogy 160 times and Courtneys 123 times. Police were also called to J2 Nightclub 125 times, the now-closed Ikon nightclub 109 times, The Balmoral 88 times, The Swan 85 times, The Elephant and Castle 82 times, The Late Club 75 times, The Flying Flute 71 times, Durty Gurtys 70 times, McCauleys 62 times and Lush bar 60 times. **** holes...no wonder wild one
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9:23am Tue 12 Feb 13

oftbewildered2 says...

can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.
can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture. oftbewildered2
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9:33am Tue 12 Feb 13

were doomed says...

At £1-49p a pint at some of these dumps p******ds in there from 10am what else do you expect?
Solution charge the pubs for police visits
At £1-49p a pint at some of these dumps p******ds in there from 10am what else do you expect? Solution charge the pubs for police visits were doomed
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9:43am Tue 12 Feb 13

Wigan Trotter says...

Why are we not be allowed to comment on another thread about the female idiot who takes delight in abusing people in public and throwing stones at pubs. Get the scumbag locked up!
Why are we not be allowed to comment on another thread about the female idiot who takes delight in abusing people in public and throwing stones at pubs. Get the scumbag locked up! Wigan Trotter
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11:15am Tue 12 Feb 13

sunfun says...

A return to traditional licensing hours, a curb on stupid drink offers, and reducing the capacity of some venues to safe levels and better staff training would go a long way to improving town centre law and order. I have seen people served drinks in town that are obviously drunk and incapable but bar staff a more concerned about what goes in the till! When was the last time we had a story about bar staff in court for serving someone who was drunk?
A return to traditional licensing hours, a curb on stupid drink offers, and reducing the capacity of some venues to safe levels and better staff training would go a long way to improving town centre law and order. I have seen people served drinks in town that are obviously drunk and incapable but bar staff a more concerned about what goes in the till! When was the last time we had a story about bar staff in court for serving someone who was drunk? sunfun
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12:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

melloj1 says...

A return to traditional licensing is not the answer. That thing was a dinosaur and was a legislation left over from the second world war. We had trouble before 24 hour drinking. It is revelers who choose to go and find trouble by other revelers who make it. If drink makes people violent then it is for them to accept drink makes them violent and stop drinking.
A return to traditional licensing is not the answer. That thing was a dinosaur and was a legislation left over from the second world war. We had trouble before 24 hour drinking. It is revelers who choose to go and find trouble by other revelers who make it. If drink makes people violent then it is for them to accept drink makes them violent and stop drinking. melloj1
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1:16pm Tue 12 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

I've done a lot of travelling around the world,visited pubs,bars,etc.in lots of countries but visiting Bolton is different than anywhere I've been.Six pm.Saturday night Wetherspoons was packed.Young females with a bottle of wine in each hand,young and old males double fisted.My wife asked one of the young females why she had two bottles,the polite reply was it saves time,saves time for what my wife politely inquired,so I can drink more was the matter of fact reply.The amount of alcohol I saw consumed in a couple of hours was staggering.I was informed this is a way of life for most young people in the UK.These young people must either be rich or no regard for future plans ie.buying a home and settling down to a (normal) life.never the less we enjoyed the evening every one was friendly and no signs of aggro.
I've done a lot of travelling around the world,visited pubs,bars,etc.in lots of countries but visiting Bolton is different than anywhere I've been.Six pm.Saturday night Wetherspoons was packed.Young females with a bottle of wine in each hand,young and old males double fisted.My wife asked one of the young females why she had two bottles,the polite reply was it saves time,saves time for what my wife politely inquired,so I can drink more was the matter of fact reply.The amount of alcohol I saw consumed in a couple of hours was staggering.I was informed this is a way of life for most young people in the UK.These young people must either be rich or no regard for future plans ie.buying a home and settling down to a (normal) life.never the less we enjoyed the evening every one was friendly and no signs of aggro. boltonnut
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2:32pm Tue 12 Feb 13

wild one says...

I've done a lot of travelling around the world,visited pubs,bars,etc.in lots of countries but visiting Bolton is different than anywhere I've been.Six pm.Saturday night Wetherspoons was packed.Young females with a bottle of wine in each hand,young and old males double fisted.My wife ...

your wife was double fisted....lucky begger lol
I've done a lot of travelling around the world,visited pubs,bars,etc.in lots of countries but visiting Bolton is different than anywhere I've been.Six pm.Saturday night Wetherspoons was packed.Young females with a bottle of wine in each hand,young and old males double fisted.My wife ... your wife was double fisted....lucky begger lol wild one
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4:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Hough64 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.
Does it seriously affect your life so much that you want this information? Are you going to make a pretty little pie chart with it?
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.[/p][/quote]Does it seriously affect your life so much that you want this information? Are you going to make a pretty little pie chart with it? Hough64
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4:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

wild one says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.
Fight's, Drugs, Prostitution, under and over age who cant control there temper's....and cheap ale..
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.[/p][/quote]Fight's, Drugs, Prostitution, under and over age who cant control there temper's....and cheap ale.. wild one
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12:40pm Wed 13 Feb 13

boltoncity says...

there are a lot worse town centres on a saturday in this country. Yes you get the odd idiot but they tend to be from outside the area in my experience
there are a lot worse town centres on a saturday in this country. Yes you get the odd idiot but they tend to be from outside the area in my experience boltoncity
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4:29pm Fri 15 Feb 13

swager123 says...

wild one wrote:
I've done a lot of travelling around the world,visited pubs,bars,etc.in lots of countries but visiting Bolton is different than anywhere I've been.Six pm.Saturday night Wetherspoons was packed.Young females with a bottle of wine in each hand,young and old males double fisted.My wife ...

your wife was double fisted....lucky begger lol
pmsfl !!!!
[quote][p][bold]wild one[/bold] wrote: I've done a lot of travelling around the world,visited pubs,bars,etc.in lots of countries but visiting Bolton is different than anywhere I've been.Six pm.Saturday night Wetherspoons was packed.Young females with a bottle of wine in each hand,young and old males double fisted.My wife ... your wife was double fisted....lucky begger lol[/p][/quote]pmsfl !!!! swager123
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2:09am Sat 16 Feb 13

mfrbwfc says...

yeah its ok saying that its stopping families going into town but i wonder how many of these calls were made after 6pm??? town is the way it is because it has nothing special and different to offer that another place cant. it will never change why the gobs****s stay at the top making the decisions
yeah its ok saying that its stopping families going into town but i wonder how many of these calls were made after 6pm??? town is the way it is because it has nothing special and different to offer that another place cant. it will never change why the gobs****s stay at the top making the decisions mfrbwfc
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10:54am Mon 18 Feb 13

BWFC71 says...

wild one wrote:
oftbewildered2 wrote:
can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.
Fight's, Drugs, Prostitution, under and over age who cant control there temper's....and cheap ale..
You would expect those reasons, but 9 times out of ten the reasons for call-outs are for stupid minor reasons and very few call-out are for any of the above!!!

The BN and other official stats like to scare-monger without giving the FULL information!!!
[quote][p][bold]wild one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: can we have these figures broken down into reasons for police visit? It might give a better picture.[/p][/quote]Fight's, Drugs, Prostitution, under and over age who cant control there temper's....and cheap ale..[/p][/quote]You would expect those reasons, but 9 times out of ten the reasons for call-outs are for stupid minor reasons and very few call-out are for any of the above!!! The BN and other official stats like to scare-monger without giving the FULL information!!! BWFC71
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