Police prepared for any parade night unrest

POLICE have warned youths that they will not tolerate the type of violent behaviour that erupted on the night of last year’s Pumpkin Parade – and are gathering “intelligence” from schools about fights planned for tomorrow night.

POLICE have warned youths that they will not tolerate the type of violent behaviour that erupted on the night of last year’s Pumpkin Parade – and are gathering “intelligence” from schools about fights planned for tomorrow night.

Last year officers were confronted by more than a hundred 12 to 18-year-olds who tried to hijack the family-friendly event with rowdy behaviour and pre-arranged gang fights.

The ugly scenes took place away from the town centre – where the festivities passed off safely – with police needing to deploy a Taser gun against offenders who assaulted a police officer and damaged a car in Commercial Road.

Later in the night, outside the former Bull and Monkie site in Churchgate, two Doctor Who dress-a-likes were beaten up in a savage attack which left one with a broken jaw.

Sgt Stuart Brotherton, of Spalding Police, said: “We will be having extra resources because of the issues that occurred last year.

“The parade will be looking after itself so the police will be totally devoted to this.

“We are always taking intelligence on so-called planned fighting and we have been passed one or two lots of information from schools about Friday.

“The bottom line is we will have officers deployed and we will jump on anybody who tries to disrupt that event.

“We can’t have the situation of last year - we want it to go by safely because it is a family event and we don’t want it to be spoilt by a small number of people.”

Sgt Brotherton warned that police will also be checking that off licences are not selling alcohol to anyone underage - and they will trace booze they seize back to where it was bought where possible.

Sgt Brotherton also added: “Parents, make sure you know where your kids are going on Friday night and who they are with.

“Quite clearly some of the alcohol last year was acquired from home too.”

The parade begins at 6.30pm in the town centre with events in Spalding throughout the day.