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News - 30 November 2008
Police to give drunks bubble blowers
Police in Bolton will be giving out bubble-blowers - each costing between £1 and £4 - to drunks exiting clubs. They will reduce late-night disorder, they say.
Police will hand out the free toys to young people as they pour out of pubs and clubs in typically boisterous mood. They will be encouraged to play with them, instead of picking fights.
The blue and orange bubble blowers, which double as pens, will be handed out by police community support officers and town centre ambassadors on Saturday nights. Elaine Sherrington, a Bolton councillor, said: 'They are a great idea to keep things light-hearted. Revellers will have something fun to focus on as they leave pubs and clubs. The run-up to the festive period should be full of fun, not problems with drunkenness or rowdy behaviour.'
The plan has been drawn up by the Be Safe Partnership, involving Bolton council, the police and fire service. The council could not say how much the bubble blowers have cost, but they usually retail for £1-£4.
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