Police want pop-up urinals in Gloucester
POP-UP urinals and bottle banks to help dispose of potential weapons are needed to bring more people into Gloucester at night, according to police.
Officers are working with community partners to ramp-up safety ahead of the Christmas rush.
Police hope the urinals would stop people using the street as a toilet. The scheme has proved successful in Stroud and Bristol.
A penalty notice for disorder can be issued to anyone caught out urinating in public. Another idea is where anyone caught would be asked to make a donation to charity.
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It is one of a raft of measures being suggested by the force. Licensing Sergeant Liz Lovell, said policing Gloucester at night is proving increasingly difficult.
"The figures show there has been a big increase in disorder since the licensing hours changed," she said.
"The crimes have massively escalated.
"Although we halved the amount of nightclubs – crime rose sharply. You now get congestion and it is all focused in one area. To have a thousand people coming out of one club and 700 more coming out of another creates problems."
Police have also suggested a safe-zone for those on a night out. It is hoped one of the empty shops in The Gate Streets can be used to create a centre for street pastors, first-aiders and police to use as an information point for anyone in need.
Street pastors have told police empty bottles strewn around Gloucester at night is a common sight as drinkers load-up on cheap supermarket booze before hitting city nightspots.
They are concerned they can then be used as weapons when trouble starts at kicking-out time.
"Many people are pre-loaded with alcohol before they go out," said Sgt Lovell.
"The quantity of alcohol people consume before they go out has increased.
"Supermarkets sell very cheap alcohol now and that contributes to the problem."
Rich Payne, bar manager at Zest said empty bottles are becoming a major issue.
"Our door staff confiscate 50 or 60 drinks a week from people. When we are cleaning up we often find empty bottles of Lambrini or Courvoisier in the toilets. People smuggle them in or drink them in taxis on their way into Gloucester. We do worry about empty bottles lying around as they could be used to start trouble."