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Police get tough with drinkers at Beggar's Fair
8:00am Friday 13th July 2012 in News
POLICE are getting tough with outdoor drinkers at this weekend’s Beggar’s Fair in Romsey.
They have vowed to take action against anyone found drinking alcohol in a public place at tomorrow’s annual event in the town.
Organisers had an extra £2,000 police bill after a rise in assaults and anti-social behaviour last year.
One man was jailed for eight years for an attack the night of the fair last July.
A crown court heard Lewis Packham, then 19, of Tavistock Close, Romsey, had assaulted Andrew Tuckwell near the junction of Winchester Hill and Cupernham Lane leaving him in a coma and with permanent brain damage.
This year the event has changed from two days to just Saturday, from 11am until 10pm.
As usual on offer will be music, song and dance designed to appeal to all tastes.
Pubs have agreed to have licensed door staff and not allow people to take alcohol outside.
Anyone drinking alcohol in public will have it removed and could be banned for 24 hours.