Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Revealed: Nightspots That Keep Police Busy ; Officers Called out 77 Times a Night on averageCity Centre Venues Easily to the 'Trouble list'LOOKING FOR TROUBLE Police Intervene in a Disturbance outside the Printworks in Manchester

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Revealed: Nightspots That Keep Police Busy ; Officers Called out 77 Times a Night on averageCity Centre Venues Easily to the 'Trouble list'LOOKING FOR TROUBLE Police Intervene in a Disturbance outside the Printworks in Manchester

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POLICE were called out to Greater Manchester's clubs, pubs and bars more than 50,000 times over the last two years.

An average of 77 reports involving venues across the region were made to officers every day since January 2011, according to new figures.

Information released by Greater Manchester Police shows officers were called to more than 4,000 venues a total of 56,298 times over the last two years - 29,884 in 2011 and dropping to 26,414 in 2012.

The venue with the highest amount of call outs was 5th Avenue - the club on Manchester city centre's Princess Street - with reports made on 542 occasions.

Tiger Tiger at The Printworks had the second highest number over the two years - at 496. Four of the top 10 are on Princess Street, according to the figures, with the rest also in Manchester city centre.

Almost 8,000 calls made over the last two years were for rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour, 4,500 of them were for assaults, and more than 2,000 were for reports of lost or found people or property.

Almost 6,000 calls were logged as 'contact record, message or information' - which do not need officers to attend.

Superintendent Stuart Ellison, who has responsibility for the policing of Manchester city centre, said: "We've seen year on year reductions in all crime types in the city, including violent crime.

"Up to 100,000 people can be in the city centre on busy nights and the vast majority of people will enjoy their time with us and have no need to call on GMP for support."

Phil Burke, spokesman for the Manchester Pub and Club Network, said: "We are fully aware of the figures but it is vitally important they are portrayed in the correct context.

"The vast number of calls to the police are actually made from outside the venues concerned, and a huge number of them are for frivolous and minor reasons that may not even involve the venue named.

"In fact a lot of the times the venue is named as a destination landmark and not because the caller has actually even been inside the place."

The highest number of calls involving premises outside Manchester city centre came at the Yates's bars on Bradshawgate in Bolton, with 182, and in Bury, with 157. …

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