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York Council Leader 'Dismayed' at McDonald's Drunken Trouble

Alexander Police 200413

4:53pm 29th April 2013
(Updated 4:55pm 29th April 2013)

After a night out on the beat with police York's council leader says he'll be talking to McDonalds over trouble at it's York branch.

James Alexander says he was "dismayed" at how much police time the fast food store took up.

The York Council leader said:

“With 10% of all A&E admissions and 20% of all ambulance journeys being alcohol related, it was important for me to experience first hand city centre policing on the front line to gain a better understanding of the effect of alcohol on crime and antisocial behaviour. I was dismayed at McDonalds requiring so much police attention and I will be raising this with them direct."

McDonald's declined to comment when Minster FM contacted them about James Alexander's remarks.

Neighbours claim customers have been using nearby Blake Street as a toilet, vomiting and fighting in the early hours.

It had it's opening hours cut earlier this month in an attempt to reduce trouble.

Councillor Alexander went on patrol with Councillor Dafydd Williams as the pair investigated ways in which police are dealing with drunken trouble in York city centre.

It comes after last week's Crime Summit which looked at the impact of alcohol on crime and anti-social behaviour in York, and the visit gave the councillors the chance to witness first-hand for themselves the police dealing with night time revellers. The councillors also saw a police car chase, observe an arrest for suspected drink driving and an arrest for suspected domestic violence.

York Safer Neighbourhood Commander, Superintendent Lisa Winward, said: “We were delighted to welcome Councillor Alexander and Councillor Williams to join our officers on patrol on Friday night. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that residents and visitors to York can enjoy the city centre in a safe and trouble-free atmosphere.

“Hopefully the councillors enjoyed their time on the frontline and it was a worthwhile experience which can benefit both City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police in the future.”


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