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York bar staff spot attack suspect following police appeal
8:56am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A MAN suspected of an attack in York was arrested on a night out after door staff recognised him from a police appeal.
Staff at Yates’s, beside Ouse Bridge in the city centre, contacted police after they saw someone fitting the description of a man wanted in connection with an assault which took place in August.
Officers rushed to the scene and arrested the man, who was taken into custody and questioned that night.
Sergeant Martin Metcalfe, of York Police, praised the proactive work of the officers who had been trying to find the suspect, and also the work of door staff who spotted the suspect and contacted the police.
Sgt Metcalfe said: “We’ve been after him for a while, and he hasn’t been responding to phone calls.
“But unfortunately for him, he’s been arrested on a Friday night while out in town trying to have a good night out. We like to work with partners, and door staff are another partner we work closely with. If we didn’t have that relationship, we wouldn’t have found him.”
The man was later released on conditional bail.
The arrest was part of a weekend of increased patrols around North Yorkshire last Friday and Saturday.
Under the national campaign led by the Association of Chief Police Officers, to crack down on alcohol-fuelled disorder, and raise awareness of the impact alcohol has on the police and NHS workers in the city.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy went on patrol with officers, while paramedics and police officers worked together, to help reassure people in the city and ensure the night time economy was a safe place.
ACC Kennedy said: “There’s a certain tolerance about alcohol and I think this is about people taking responsibility for that. Being drunk is no excuse for bad behaviour, whether that’s in public or private, and the law applies whether you are drunk or not.
“York needs to stay the place people want to come to. Binge drinking and pre-loading drinks causes us concern. I think people would be shocked at the behaviour or people who are heavily intoxicated and the demand that puts on police and our partner agencies.”
The extra patrols also highlighted the importance of the relationship between police and local bars and door staff.