Police in Wrexham say they are determined to crack down on drink- fuelled anti-social behaviour at fast food outlets in the town and are calling on managers to work with them to tackle the issue.
Although incidents of crime and disorder in the night time economy are often associated with pubs and clubs, analysis has shown that police are receiving a high number of calls concerning youth related anti –social behaviour at fast food outlets, especially in the early hours of the morning.
Between May 1 2013 and July 28 2014, for example, police were called more than 100 times to incidents in or outside McDonald’s in Regent Street, Wrexham. More than 40 of these calls were made between midnight and 6am.
Chief Inspector Neil Maxwell said; “It is totally unacceptable that members of the public and staff working in the night time economy are regularly placed in such a vulnerable position and that police officers are repeatedly called on to deal with such incidents.
“We are working hard in partnership with the council to support fast food outlets and most are reciprocating. McDonalds are making changes and I expect the management of all such establishments to do everything possible to work with us and our partners to see what we can do to reduce these incidents, which are a very costly drain on vital resources.
“I am also reminding revellers that we will deal firmly with those who behave in a criminal or anti-social way.
“Wrexham is a safe place to enjoy a night out and we want people to have a good time, but we need the cooperation of businesses and the public to reduce the opportunities for a yobbish minority to spoil things for everyone else.”