Thursday, 8 August 2013

Police call time on Yahoos on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail!

It seems there has been a surge in loutish behaviour on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail since yahoos in fancy dress, discovered the benefits of real ale.

The ale trail runs through train stations at Stalybridge, Mossley, Greenfield, Marsden, to destinations towards Huddersfield and Batley. But pubs along the trail are complaining of anti-social behaviour by yobs dressed as tarts and vicars on stag and hen parties, who have made many villages along the route a 'no-go' zone.

Members of the Real Ale Trail licensees group, have now banded together to stop the sale of larger and shots, and fancy dress, in an attempt to stop boozed-fuelled anti-social drunken behaviour.  Sam Smith, manager of the Station Buffet Bar in Stalybridge, told a local newspaper:

"In the last year there's been a real change in the number and the types of groups we've been getting on the trail. We've had more problems with anti-social behaviour and something had to be done to try and clamp down on it. It got to a point where many of our customers just wouldn't come here on a Saturday any more."

Northern Rail have said that they have had to hire extra security to deal with the influx of "boozed-up crowds." Martyn Guiver, head of crime for Northern Rail said:

"We get a lot of anti-social behaviour, smashed bottles and glasses, people urinating in the road and people showing a lack of respect for the resident of villages on the line."

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