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Friday, 1 August 2014

"Those Who Feed Seagulls Should Be Fined" Says Councillor

In an article published on ITV's Calendar website Scarborough Councillor Andrew Jenkinson is quoted as saying that seagulls are causing havoc in the town and that  those who feed them should be fined.

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Although Cllr Jenkinson believes fines would be a good idea, he admits that enforcing such a law would be difficult.

Cllr Jenkinson said: "The problem is getting worse. People do not realise just how bad it is, they are ruining the town. But fining people would be difficult. It's driving people away and we do not want to do that. They scavenge the bins all year round."

Local traders have also expressed their concern at the birds dive bombing potential customers any some have even suggested the birds should be culled.

The local council used to control the population of roof-nesting herring gulls, but the RSPB says a cull should only be carried out "as a last resort."
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VIDEO: Prince Charles Pays Secret Visit to GCHQ Scarborough

Scarborough welcomed a royal visitor this week as The Prince of Wales dropped in at GCHQ satellite ground station.

Prince Charles at GCHQ Scarborough
Prince Charles at GCHQ Scarborough

GCHQ Scarborough is the world's oldest existing intercept station and is located n the outskirts of Scarborough, at Irton Moor.

An outstation of the main GCHQ site in Cheltenham, the site employs over 200 people. In existence since 1943 the station played a key role in tracking the famous German battleship the Bismarck during World War II.

Prince Charles' visit was in recognition the centenary of the station first collecting signals intelligence.

The prince, who is patron of the intelligence services, took time to chat with people who work at the station and learn about some of the site's 100-year history, including a World War Two Enigma machine.

The history of the original station dates back to 1912 when the Royal Navy established a Wireless Telegraphy station in the Scarborough area.

Today GCHQ Scarborough helps law enforcement agencies prevent terrorism and organized crime and normally operates under strict secrecy.

VIDEO: Prince Charles Visits GCHQ Scarborough

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Free Family Shows Return to Open Air Theatre This Month

Scarborough's Open Air Theatre welcomes back free summer shows this week, with acts for all the family to enjoy.

scarborough open air theatre


Billed the ‘Festival of Fun’ the free family shows have been organised by Tony Peers Productions and will feature some of the best entertainers from around Scarborough every Tuesday and Thursday until 28 August.

The fun starts at 1.30pm with face painting and a grand parade of cast and characters before the show kicks off at 2pm until 4pm.

Tuesdays show will star unicycling boys Double Trouble, Julie Hatton School of Performing Arts, excerpts from the Scarborough Spa Summer show, 14 year old soprano Emmie Beckitt, singer Dean Stansby and pirate show ‘Captain Crackers and the Treasure Map’.

Thursdays show will feature Magic Mike, singer James Aconley, Twilight Productions, Cameron Dunnington and vocalist Louise Willoughby. On 14, 21 and 28 August there will also be appearances by Connor Lawlor and Nathen Walters.

The Open Air Theatre will also play host to bouts of American wrestling on 6, 15, 20 and 27 August at 1pm, where ‘good guys’ will compete with ‘baddies’ to entertain the audiences.
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Fake ID Scanners Join Breathalysers in Campaign To 'Improve The Safety of Scarborough’s Night Life'

Earlier this week, we reported on how breathalysers were being trialed in Scarborough, to help door staff at some of the resorts most popular bars make a more informed decision about whether individuals should be allowed entry.

Starting tonight door staff at Bar 2B, The Barbican, Blue Lounge, Bar Hush, Quids Inn and Vivas will now be checking ID's too with special high-tec scanners designed to spot fake documents.



Just like the 'Alcoblow' breathalysers, the ID scanners part of new initiatives aimed at tackling alcohol-related issues in the town following the council’s successful bid to secure Local Alcohol Action Area status for the area.

Over the next 6 months the scanners will be deployed at Bar 2B, The Barbican, Blue Lounge, Bar Hush, Quids Inn and Vivas. Door staff will simply scan the IDs using the scanners and will see a cross on a the screen of the device if the ID is fake.

As well as spotting fake IDs the machines will also detect that the person with the ID is the legitimate holder, alert staff if the same ID is used twice by different people and  prevent those previously barred from gaining entry to premises they are banned from.

As with the 'Alcoblow' breathalysers, new scanners have been funded by the Safer Communities Partnership and have been welcomed by licensees taking part in the trail. They say it will help them detect fake IDs, prevent under-age drinking, enforce pub bans and make their premises safer for the majority of customers.

Following an initial one month grace period the scanners will be compulsory for anyone who looks under 30 if they want to get into the premises. The scanners will accept several different forms of ID include driver’s licence, passport, or nationally-recognised proof of age card and are operated under strict data protection legislation.

Alongside the scanners will be fingerprint recognition software, which will mean returning customers will only need to have their age verified the first time they visit a premises if they give permission for their fingerprints to be scanned.

Lee Knaggs, Designated Supervisor from Barbican, said:

“It’s good to see the police and council working together with licensees to improve the safety and enjoyment of the Scarborough night life. The scanners are commonplace in a growing number of big towns and cities in the UK and the evidence suggests they are an effective tool to help tackle under-age drinking and disorder and help keep people safe."

“Door staff will be able to tell instantly if a person is using a fake ID or if someone has been ejected from other premises earlier on in the night for causing trouble and whether someone has been banned from licensed premises as part of the Pub Watch scheme, bail conditions or an ASBO."

“The information may also be used by police if they’re investigating an incident, which, importantly for victims of crime, makes it more likely an offender will be brought to justice.”

The scheme supports Scarborough Borough Council’s licensing objectives and as well as improving the safety of Scarborough’s night life, it is intended to improve the night time economy of the town.
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Photos: Little Mix at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Little Mix Scarborough

Scarborough welcomed the UK’s best girl band this weekend, as Little Mix took to the stage at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.

In 2011 Little Mix were crowned winners of ITV's X Factor and have since gone on to sell more than three million singles and two million albums worldwide.

Here we take a look at some of the best fans photos form what was a hugely successful night.








Video: Little Mix: Salute - Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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Photos: Seafest 2014

The sun was shining in Scarborough this weekend providing a glorious day for those attending Scarborough's 16th Annual Seafest.

With a huge range of displays, stalls and activities for the whole family Seafest saw both visitors and residents alike flocking to Scarborough's South Bay to enjoy the ever popular Maritime Festival.

Photo © Embleton Photography




If you weren't lucky enough to be there, fret not, we've trawled Twitter to bring you the best of the images shared by those that were there.





















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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Breathalysers Trialed Outside Scarborough Bars

This weekend saw the first 'Alcoblow' trial in Scarborough where drinkers suspected of having one too many were asked to provide a breath sample.

Woman Blowing Into Alcoblow Breathalyser


Funded by the town’s Safer Communities Partnership the trial involved Alcoblow breathalysers being used by door staff in the St Nicholas Street area on Saturday night.

The Alcoblow device is described as a simple to use, 'rapid response' instrument that is used to determine whether or not a person has any alcohol in their breath without any physical contact between the subject and instrument.

Interestingly Lion Laboratories Limited, the company behind the Alcoblow, claim that the device can be used both actively, where the subject blows voluntarily into the sampling cone, or passively where the operator presses a button to draw in a sample of breath from around the subject, ideally while they are speaking.

The first of two pilot schemes, Saturday night was is part of a bigger campaign due in Autumn to tackle 'pre-loading' - a growing trend where people 'pre-load' themselves by drinking cheap alcohol before heading out into town.

While door staff are still expected to use their experience and discretion to asses people's levels on intoxication, the new devices are expected to help door staff make a more informed decisions about whether individuals should be allowed entry.

To give you an idea of what would be considered 'too drunk' a breath/alcohol reading of three times or higher than the current drink-drive limit would greatly reduce the chances of someone being granted entry.

Tony Snow, Chairman of Scarborough PubWatch said of the trial:

"A safe and vibrant night time economy is something we all strive for. We are committed to working with the police and council to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder."

"Breathalyser readings will help door staff make informed decisions about whether someone should or shouldn't be allowed entry and should help reduce the flash-points that are created when people are overly intoxicated."

Sandra Rees, Scarborough Borough Council Community Safety Manager and Safeguarding Officer added:

"The Safer Communities Partnership will be trialing the Alcoblow devices in St Nicholas Street and surrounding areas, where traditionally there are alcohol-related issues, particularly late on a Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday morning."

"Though the readings themselves will not ultimately determine whether someone is allowed into a bar or not, they will provide additional information for security staff to help them decide if a person is fit to enter."

"The response from licensees to this trial and other schemes that are in the pipeline as part of the Local Alcohol Action Area project has been very pleasing and we hope it will have a positive impact on Scarborough’s night time economy."

The new breathalysers are just one of several new initiatives aimed at tackling alcohol-related issues in the town following the council’s successful bid to secure Local Alcohol Action Area status for the area.

Scarborough is one of 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas selected by the Government to trial initiatives to combat drink-fueled crime and disorder and the damage caused to people’s health.

This status will see the town benefiting from extra support and guidance from the Government and NHS England to help the council and its partners tackle the harmful effects of excessive drinking and improve the night time economy.

Sgt Rachel Wood from North Yorkshire Police said:

"These devices will support door staff in the difficult job of challenging people who have had too much to drink. North Yorkshire Police remains committed to dealing robustly with anyone who tries to gain entry to venues while drunk and also tackling any premises, which allow entry to drunken people."

The next trail will be on Saturday 9 August.


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