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Cricket streaker binged on ten pints of cider
8:23am Saturday 12th January 2013 in News
A STREAKER binged on ten pints of cider before running on to the pitch during a major international fixture at the home of Hampshire cricket, it has been revealed.
The naked man sprinted on to the field of play at the Ageas Bowl as juniors were staging an exhibition match during an interval in England’s summer clash with the West Indies.
After being detained by stewards in front of some 14,000 spectators, he told police he had consumed ten pints of cider and a third of a bottle of wine before taking up a dare from another member of a stag party he was with.
Details of the incident were unveiled as part of an application by police to review the ground’s premises licence after the venue was found to have sold alcohol to under-18s on four separate occasions during test purchase operations.
A report written by PC Gavin Smith and presented to the licensing panel at Eastleigh Borough Council, described how the matter had become of “serious concern”
to Hampshire Constabulary over the last two years.
The club has now agreed to a set of new conditions.
Test purchases took place in August 2010 when Hampshire were playing Essex and in June 2011 when England were playing Sri Lanka. On both occasions a 16- year-old was able to buy alcohol.
A meeting took place between the club and police on July 31 last year where procedures and training were discussed.
But another under-aged test purchaser was sold two bottles of cider without any challenge to his age during England’s One Day International tie with South Africa in August.
Despite a further meeting, a 17- year-old test purchaser was later sold two pints of beer at the ground in September.
The club has now agreed to a “robust” set of conditions including keeping up to date incident and service refusal books at each bar and carrying out extra training.
Panel members stressed that “under-age sales in particular are taken very seriously and that future issues may lead to a further review where additional steps may be taken”.
A club spokesman said that a Challenge 25 initiative had been in force for “many years” as part of a Responsible Drinking Policy.
He added: “This policy is visible at the point of purchase at the ground and on the venue’s website.
“However, in the light of these isolated incidents, the club has been working alongside Hampshire Constabulary prior to the meeting yesterday to improve our practice in this area, including additional staff training and enhanced record keeping.
“This is an ongoing process but we continue to strive to ensure that our systems are in line with industry best practice.”
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