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15-10-2007 Police Revving up for Safe, Secure and Enjoyable Enduro (North Somerset)

Issued 15th October 2007

Police are urging those attending this weekends Enduro beach race (October 19-21) to enjoy themselves in Weston-super-Mare.

Officers will be mounting their normal high visibility patrols in the resort to combat potential alcohol-fuelled anti social behaviour.

And they will be also armed with the additional power of section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, enabling officers to order those causing alcohol-fuelled anti social behaviour to leave a public area for up to 48 hours.

This could prohibit those causing trouble from the Enduro race or surrounding areas.

Chief Inspector Nick Walker of North Somerset Police said: "Our message is quit simple ? come and enjoy yourself in Weston-super-Mare. This is a popular event, which helps to raise the profile of the resort and we want those attending to enjoy themselves.

"As part of our public reassurance, we will have additional police officers on duty for the two-day event this weekend to ensure everyone coming to Weston-super-Mare has a safe and fun time. More than 1000 motorcycles are likely to take part in the event, so with competitors, their families and spectators, there could be up to 50,000 additional people in the resort," explained CI Nick Walker.

Patrolling officers will be bolstered by the dog and mounted section and North Somerset Council's CCTV staff will be monitoring the behaviour of those in the resort on street cameras, reporting any problems including alcohol-fuelled anti social behaviour or other suspicious incidents.

"During previous events there have been isolated incidents, mainly anti social behaviour which has been fuelled by alcohol but generally there is a good atmosphere in the town," said C I Walker.

"We hope those attending this weekends event will enjoy themselves and make it an event to remember, helping to confirm Weston-super-Mare as a top coastal resort," he added.

This year as in previous years motorcyclists travelling to the resort will be able to put their machines in a seafront secure parking area, which will be run by the Motorcycle Action Group. In previous years they have additionally operated a helmet park system, allowing motorcyclists to leave their helmets.

In 2006 more than 70 stolen motorbikes were discovered following a police operation at the event.

The operation was carried out by the police's Road Policing Tactical Crime Unit - part of the force's Road Policing Unit. They used a special state-of-the-art security hand-held scanning system to check the 1400 motorcycles and quad bikes, which took part in last year's event. This scanning system is now widely used at high profile motorcycle race events and across Europe.

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Issued by www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

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