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Police warn youngsters ahead of Penwortham Gala

Posted on - 9th June, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Penwortham, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Street Monkey display at Penwortham Gala

Street Monkey display at Penwortham Gala

A warning has been issued to teenagers to behave during Penwortham Gala.

The annual festival takes place during Saturday 11 June and South Ribble Police say they will be stepping up patrols due to incidents in previous years.

PC Dave Gelson took to Facebook to post about criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

He said: “Historically, the day has gone very well for the vast majority, though there have been occasional incidents where a small number of youths have chosen to spoil this, by partaking in anti-social behaviour resulting in criminal damage being caused to properties (including eggs being thrown at them), and fights between individuals or rival groups – usually after drinking alcohol.

“It is the job of Lancashire Police to prevent this from happening. There will be a substantial Policing Operation on the day, to ensure the smooth running of the event, and to reinforce our aim, that the Public are safe and they remember the day for its good points, rather than it being spoiled by the minority.

“Any person responsible for disrupting this objective will be dealt with robustly by police, and their actions could result in them obtaining a criminal record.

“Please take notice of this advice, and enjoy yourselves. Don’t be led astray or tempted by anyone, to do something that may get you in trouble.”

The Gala takes place on Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June.

Related: See pictures from last year’s Penwortham Gala

A procession starts at 12.30pm on the Saturday making its way through Penwortham and into Hurst Grange Park. Entertainment runs through to 6.30pm.

On Sunday the Churches Together open air service begins at 11am and entertainment on the park runs through to 4pm.

Will you be going to the Penwortham Gala? Let us know in the comments below

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