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Stroud Police All Set For Ebley Fireworks Display
Police in Stroud will be helping to ensure the annual charity fireworks display in Ebley is safe and trouble-free for the thousands of people expected to attend this year's event.
The display, which up to 8,000 people are expected to attend, is being held in the grounds of Marling School in Cainscross Road, Stroud, during the evening of Monday October 23.
In 2005 it raised £27,000 for local charities, and local police are keen for this year's event to be just as successful.
Consequently officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the area before, during and after the display, to maintain the safety of those attending and to deter and deal with those intent on causing problems
"Ebley fireworks have become an important event in the local calendar and we are keen for it to maintain its reputation as a fun, family night out," said PC Tim Griffiths, of Stroud police.
"We have had some problems in the past with anti-social behaviour at the event. These have usually been attributable to a small number of irresponsible individuals whose bad behaviour has been exacerbated by alcohol.
"Because of this we will be maintaining a high profile presence at and around Marling School on the night of the display.
"Officers and PCSOs will be helping the event's stewards to ensure the safety of those attending, and they will deal swiftly with any incidents of anti-social behaviour that may occur.
"Police will also be on hand to deal with the traffic issues that inevitably arise when large scale public events such as this take place."
The evening will begin at 6pm on Monday October 23 when the main gates of Marling school will be opened to visitors. The main fireworks display will begin at approximately 8pm and the event will conclude at around 10pm.
: 13/10/2006 12:47:38
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