Tyne & Wear

Extra police patrols for Maryport Carnival

Extra patrols will be in force during a Cumbrian town's annual carnival, in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour.

Cumbria Police said it was working with the organisers of Maryport Carnival to keep the event at the weekend free from alcohol-related problems.

Police and organisers want to clamp down on the minority of trouble-makers who occasionally cause problems during the traditional parade on Main Street.

Anyone arrested could also face a ban from local licensed premises.

A Cumbria Police spokeswoman said: "The carnival committee has obtained a road closure order this year for the duration of the event.

"In previous years, it has been the responsibility of the police to escort the carnival.

"The decision means that we will be able to focus more on patrolling the event and engaging with spectators."

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