Updated: Police Sergeant Disappointed Over New Year’s Incident

Original Story Published on: Jan 2, 2013 @ 9:15

St Mary’s police chief says he’s disappointed by the behaviour of a small number of islanders on New Year’s Eve.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says he and his two police colleagues were subjected to strong verbal abuse from revellers when they went to investigate an incident at Tregarthen’s Hotel in the early hours of New Years Day.

Staff dialled 999 at around 1.30 am after a male was injured and had to be hospitalised with a broken leg.

Colin says many of the people present when they arrived, “couldn’t calm down sufficiently” for officers to determine whether a criminal act led to the injury. He’s now asking witness to come forward.

Colin says he’s grateful that the hotel staff called for police help and he’s pleased that the two late-opening pubs in Hugh Town were well managed with door staff on duty.

The Mermaid closed at around 5am but Colin said he couldn’t stand down any of his team as he had wanted, as he felt there was potential for further disorder due to the level of intoxication shown by some people.


Update Published on: Jan 3, 2013 @ 13:42

Sergeant Colin Taylor told Radio Scilly yesterday afternoon that he now has a report of alleged assault following the incident at Tregarthen’s Hotel on New Year’s Eve and he has taken statements from witnesses.

He says it’s not clear yet whether this was a deliberate act or something that happened by accident while other disorder was occurring and investigations are ongoing.

Colin says someone has bene put in hospital with a serious leg injury that’s likely to require further treatment on the mainland and he feels this gives some indication about how serious the matter is.


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