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Police 'must enforce fines for rowdy students' in Polygon area of Southampton
RESIDENTS living in a Southampton community are hoping for a quieter life after a crackdown was launched on rowdy revellers by threatening them with on-the-spot fines.
But they say it will only work if the warnings are backed up with action.
As reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo, students risk an £80 fine if they fail to heed the warnings by officers to keep the noise down after the launch of Operation Shush.
Signs have already been put up around the Polygon area warning students and revellers making their way home from the bars and pubs of Bedford Place that they could be handed a penalty notice if they continue to cause disruption to residents.
Patrols are also being stepped up at key times with officers warning partygoers they risk an £80 fine if they do not quieten down or go home.
Lorraine Barter, who speaks for the Polygon Residents Action group, said: “Of course I am hoping it works but I just hope this isn’t just a warning and officers do enforce the threat of a fine.
“It is important students realise their actions do impact on us.”
But some students think it will be difficult to enforce.
Jessie Mulhern, 20, a Solent university student, said: “I don’t think they will keep track of them all.
“It is a student area after all so it is likely to be noisy.
I appreciate there are families living here but when people are drunk they don’t tend to remember that sort of thing.”
A/Insp Ryan Bartlett, who is responsible for the central Southampton area, said: “We want to make students aware of the inconvenience they cause neighbours when they have noisy parties or return home after a night out in town.
“We want to get them to get to know and respect their neighbours who are often affected by loud antisocial behaviour which is often drink-fuelled.”
The message will be hammered home at the Freshers Fairs next week as some 5,000 students begin their university experience.
Students at Southampton Solent and the University of Southampton will also be given advice to reduce their risk of becoming victims of crime .
Engagement officer for the Polygon area PC Jeanette Denton will also be meeting up with the students to provide security tips and guidance on personal safety.