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Extra police for Carnage UK Sheffield bar crawl event

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The leader of Sheffield City Council has raised concerns about the event

Extra police officers will be drafted in for a planned student bar crawl in Sheffield later this month.

Up to 2,000 students are expected to attend the "Cops and Robbers" event, which is being run by Carnage UK.

The firm attracted attention after a student was photographed urinating on a war memorial during a pub crawl in the city last year.

The company has previously said it operated a responsible drinks policy and said it was an "isolated incident".

South Yorkshire Police said extra police would be on patrol during the event in the city on 21 February.

Sheffield City Council leader Paul Scriven said he had called for an increased police presence, as he was concerned the event could leave some young people who had too much to drink in a "vulnerable" position.

He added that licensees in Sheffield were being reminded of their legal responsibilities ahead of the event.

'Sensible behaviour'

Philip Laing, 19, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, was charged with outraging public decency after a photograph of him urinating over a war memorial was published.

The former Sheffield Hallam University student, who had been drinking heavily, was ordered by a court judge to complete 250 hours of community service.

Supt Peter Norman of South Yorkshire Police confirmed extra officers would be on the city's streets.

"We work very closely with Carnage UK who have been operating in Sheffield for five years," he added.

He said that prior to the incident involving Mr Laing, there had been "no notable incidents" during the event.

"We would encourage safe, sensible behaviour," he said.



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