Police Call Time At Hugh Town Pub

St Mary’s police called time at a Hugh Town pub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Sergeant Colin Taylor alleges that there were ten drinkers in The Mermaid at around 12.45am. The bar area in question is meant to close at 11.00pm with drinkers having left at 11.30pm.

Colin says there was no management resistance to his request for the pub to close.

There’s been much debate about late night noise in Scilly over the last few weeks. Comments on the internet seem to be split between people who are angry about being disturbed and people who feel that there is no real noise issue and say clamping down on what they view to be occasional revelry would be too heavy handed.

Colin says getting it right can be a challenge and he has to balance the law while respecting people’s rights to enjoy themselves, but added it’s also clear when someone has “overstepped the mark.”

He wants to hear from islanders who have been disturbed at night so he can map problem points.

Last week, local man Mark Twynham said on Facebook that there may have been noise in town because no officer was on duty. But Colin says they don’t have enough resources to be out all the time, particularly if there are other call-outs during the day.

Colin says officers will continue to police around closing time when their rotas allow and that they have a plan for dealing with noise, but he’d welcome any additional suggestions islanders may have.


3 Responses to Police Call Time At Hugh Town Pub

  1. Tamar August 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I think that switching the street lights out earlier may just lead to more casualties. I don’t think that anyone is purposely intending to cause a disturbance, but probably don’t realise how loud they are being. Maybe a quiet word with them? I’ve asked people chatting loudly outside my place at silly o clock in the morning to take it back to their digs and they’ve always been polite and apologetic.

    • IanT September 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Yes, maybe, Tamar, but it still goes on doesn’t it.

  2. IanT August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    What rubbish Mark talks. There has always been noise late at night during the season and, after all, the police have to sleep sometime like the rest of the hard working day workers. I have suggested before that if all the street lights were switched off at 11.30 p.m. or certainly by midnight, those emerging from the pubs would perhaps realise that it was actually night time and most people are trying to get some sleep. It maybe a naive hope but surely worth a try. Why are street lights needed anyway? Many villages around here in South Devon have none. Nobody gets mugged, burgled or otherwise attacked. Afterall the wrong doers need to see where they are going so their presence is all the more obvious especially as many houses have their own security lights which only come on when humans or other animals are detected.
    And, think of all the savings in electricity and light polution there would be if they were done away with.