‘Massive concern’ over booze-fuelled Christmas Day fight in Dorking

December 31, 2014
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A Dorking councillor has expressed concern regarding the increasing number of alcohol-fuelled disturbances in the town after around 30 men where involved in a Christmas Day brawl.

Cllr Tim Loretto, representing Dorking South, condemned the behaviour of those involved in the fight, which left three men in hospital.

He said: “It’s certainly a source of concern for me.

“In general terms there have been a few incidents around town in recent months and this could be the sad culmination of that, to a degree.

“People are going to drink but it’s certainly unacceptable to brawl.

“My understanding is that they were all local.

“It’s a massive concern. Why people can’t just have a drink at Christmas is beyond me.

Cllr Loretto told Get Surrey  he was not sure that Dorking still had the same “community spirit or corporate responsibility” as it used to.

“If you look at the number of people that are about, it’s not massive relative to the number of people drinking,” he said.

“I will certainly be liaising with the police and the landlords.”

Detectives have appealed for information on the brawl which took place at around 1am outside the Ceylon Tavern restaurant and bar, in South Street. As yet no arrests have been made.

Mole Valley Neighbourhood Inspector Richard Hamlin said he planned to work with the community to prevent future incidents.

He said: “There is an ongoing issue in this area as it is a funnel for people going home after having a few beers in the evenings.

“I know some residents feel helpless because of the growing number of alcohol-related incidents, although this is an extreme example.

“When I first began as inspector, I believed that the best time to have the most officers was in the afternoon, but I am considering changing that to have my neighbourhood officers out later in the evening to deal with the nighttime economy and alcohol-related issues.

“I plan to speak with the environmental health team at the district council to see what things we can put in place to help residents.

“I would encourage residents that experience any antisocial behaviour to report it to the police.

“I am also willing to meet with any residents or groups that have been affected. This has come at an awful time of year and I really do feel for the residents affected.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference 45140108938.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/massive-concern-over-booze-fuelled-christmas-8364956


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