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NEWS SPECIAL ON THE STREETS OF BEDLAM; Drunk teens, women attacking sushi bar bouncers and a man giving a bus a square-go. The weekend starts here. Tragically.

Byline: Victoria Raimes

A drunken party with revellers just out of primary school, a clubber who takes on six policemen and a man trying to fight a bus on a busy road - welcome to Glasgow at the weekend.

We joined more than 60 officers on the front line in the city centre dealing with the fallout of pay day Friday at the end of January.

A patrol at Jamaica Street reveals 30 kids, some as young as 11, drinking cider, tonic wine and alcopops.

They turn nasty as the police arrive and four officers are forced to pin a thrashing, violent teenager to the ground.

A girl who looks little more than 12 is aiming kicks at officers who are trying to calm her down. Her friend is sobbing nearby.

Police, led by Sergeant Steve Kinvig, are braced to deal with everything ranging from serious assaults to anti-social behaviour - and people too drunk to stand or speak.

A girl who has been drinking has collapsed in the middle of the road from a seizure.

Meanwhile, a screaming drunk man has been thrown out of a club in Renfield Street.

When police intervene, he goes beserk.

It takes six officers to get him on the ground. He is put into leg restraints and a face mask as he keeps spitting at them.

Sergeant Kinvig said: "They were going to take him to the cells in Maryhill but all 36 cells are full, so they'll take him to London Road."

SNP MSP Sandra White and councillor Martin Docherty have joined police to see what a night's work involves.

White said: "There are issues with licensing regulations at food joints. A lot of the fights start outside these places."

In Queen Street, a drunk challenges a bus to a fight then hits the vehicle before threatening the driver.

Just up the road, three women are refused entry to a sushi bar. In a drunken rage, one of them lunges at a bouncer.

The final toll showed there were 73 incidents in the city centre between 10pm and 7am, with 19 arrests - mostly drink related.

Kinvig added: "For us, this is a quiet to average night."


LEGLESS From left, drunken woman, MSP Sandra White joins police on patrol, a youth is arrested, and officers get a briefing before they head out
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 2, 2014
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