Police prepare for tournament

pete rogers
pete rogers

PREPARATIONS are being made by Pocklington police to ensure trouble is kept to a minimum after this year’s Rugby Sevens tournament in the town.

Local police will be providing a high visibility presence in the town centre on the evening of Good Friday, 6 April, following the traditional Easter event, which always attracts plenty of spectators.

Officers will be there to reduce the potential for anti-social behaviour and deal promptly and effectively with anyone causing problems.

Recent years have been virtually trouble free and police have met with organisers of the tournament and licensees in the area to make sure this year is no different.

Sergeant Pete Rogers, of the Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The event is really well run and we work closely with the organisers to ensure that we assist where necessary during the day.

“Once the event is over, we get a large concentration of people coming into the town centre.

“We have met with local licensees and, once again, we’re working very closely with them to identify potential problems on the night and hopefully ensure that the policing operation will keep trouble to a minimum.

“The vast majority of people are good-natured but we want to ensure that everyone is reassured by a strong police presence in the town.”

Last year, it was estimated that a record 3,000 people descended on the town for the event, which takes place at Pocklington RUFC’s ground on Percy Road.