Number of New Year's Eve arrests in Lancaster and Morecambe revealed


January 08, 2020

The number of arrests and reported crimes in Lancaster and Morecambe on New Year's Eve fell year-on-year, it was revealed on Beyond Radio.

A total of 21 people were arrested in our area on the evening of December 31 2019/January 1 2020, compared to 25 the year before.

The number of overall incidents also fell to 290 from 309 on New Year's Eve 2018.

Sgt Adie Knowles of local area police revealed the figures during his monthly 'Beyond the Beat' update on Beyond Radio on Tuesday.

"The general trend across the force was the number of incidents were down, but arrests were up," said Sgt Knowles.

"New Year's Eve is still generally speaking the busiest shift we will have in a year, but it wasn't too bad."

During his monthly update on Beyond Radio, Sgt Knowles also spoke about the incident in Heysham on Monday when a bomb disposal team destroyed a suspicious item by controlled explosion.

The item was found to be completely harmless.

Council staff contacted police after discovering the item in a house.

"They brought it to our attention," said Sgt Knowles.

"There were about 40 houses evacuated. There is a multi-agency approach to these things and we do our best to look after people. As much as I apologise for the inconvenience, we do what we have to do to keep people safe.

"With further investigations we were quite satisfied that it wasn't anything that would have brought harm to anybody. But we don't have hindsight with these things. Officers are trained to make those assessments and it's better to be safe than sorry. We have to err on the side of caution and I'm sure the people of Heysham appreciate that.

"It was enough for us to treat it as (a device) and dispose of it as such."

For more on this incident see https://beyondradio.co.uk/news/suspicious-package-destroyed-by-bomb-disposal-team-in-heysham-was-harmless-192

Sgt Knowles also reiterated an appeal for witnesses after an alleged assault in Morecambe. For more details see https://beyondradio.co.uk/news/man-suffers-broken-leg-after-fight-in-morecambe-town-centre-184

And he appealed for witnesses after damage was caused to a Christmas tree on Central Drive on December 23. The tree was part of the Morecambe BID Christmas lights display.

If you have any information on any of these incidents please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

You can hear Sgt Adie Knowles on Beyond the Beat every first Tuesday in the month from 6pm on Beyond Radio.

If you have any questions for Beyond the Beat please email studio@beyondradio.co.uk.

Enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.