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Man jumps into River Ouse twice on busy weekend for police in York
A MAN has been arrested for being drunk and disorderly for twice jumping into the River Ouse during a busy weekend for the police in York.
Extra police were on duty in the city centre and at the racecourse over the Ebor Festival and four arrests were yesterday made at the course - two for drugs offences, one for being drunk and disorderly and another for having a fake ticket.
Superintendent Aubrey Smith has thanked everyone involved in the races which he said was “on the whole well-behaved and good spirited”.
Among the incidents in town yesterday, of which it is not known if those involved had been at the races, a 46-year-old man from Rotherham was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after he was recovered from the River Ouse, became abusive to officers, and jumped back in again.
A 43-year-old man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after police were called to a disturbance at the Pitcher and Piano at about 5.20pm on Saturday and a 20-year-old man from Tadcaster was arrested after making racially aggravated comments to a member of the public in the restaurant.
A 25-year-old man from Burton upon Trent was arrested after punching a 52-year-old man in a York pub causing swelling to his face, a 38-year-old Middlesbrough man was arrested in Low Ousegate for being drunk and disorderly and while in police custody he head-butted an officer. The officer was uninjured.
At about 1.20am officers were called to a fight outside the Slug and Lettuce, but on arrival it had broken up and the group moved on.
A man was head-butted in Club Salvation and suffered a minor cut to his nose, the investigation is ongoing.
Officers broke up a fight on Tanner Row and arrested a 19-year-old man. The victim has minor injuries. Officers also attended two reports of people falling over and treated by ambulance staff.
On Friday, officers made three arrests at the race course. Two men aged 58 and 68 from Pontefract were issued with fixed penalty fines for being drunk and disorderly. And a 38-year-old man from Selby was arrested for breaching his bail conditions. He was charged and appeared at York Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.
Extra officers were on duty both inside and outside the racecourse during Ebor. The designated route which guides race-goers from the racecourse to the city centre was put in place to ensure the safety of everyone and keep disturbance to local residents to a minimum.
Supt Smith said: “The policing operation went very well. It’s planned in advance in partnership with the racecourse and is very well-rehearsed. We dealt with a small number of incidents but on the whole the event was upbeat and enjoyable and the vast majority of people had a great time.”
• Saturday’s races were attended by about 25,000 people, with about 80,000 expected to have visited the four-day festival in total.
James Brennan, spokesman for York Racecourse, said: “Attendance has been pretty remarkable for the second year running given the weather forecast for Saturday. The people who kept the faith were rewarded with a good day on the whole.”