WATCHFUL: Police monitor students EE251009_MM01_03
REVELRY: Outside the Amber Rooms SARAH ELLIOTT
HIGH SPIRITS: Students enjoy the Carnage UK pub crawl in the city centre MATT MINSHULL EE251009_MM01_01
THE organisers of a mass student pub crawl could be billed for the cost of extra police drafted in for the next event.
Police claim that supervising the Carnage UK event held in the city at the weekend cost thousands of pounds.
As previously reported in the Echo, hundreds of students descended on the city’s nightspots as part of the pub crawl.
The event had been dogged with controversy after police raised concerns that it would encourage binge drinking.
A second Carnage UK event is planned for next month and police say they are looking at the possibility of charging the cost of policing the event to the organisers.
Exeter Commander, Superintendent John Vellacott told the Echo: “The cost of policing the Carnage UK event would have been in the thousands.
“We had extra officers on duty that we would not normally have had on a Sunday night when the event took place.
“We are looking at the possibilities of charging the whole cost of policing the next Carnage event to the organisers.”
Two people were arrested during the Carnage UK event on Sunday on suspicion of public order offences.
Carnage UK, which is a brand traded by Varsity Leisure Group, claims one of the arrests was unrelated to its pub crawl.
Supt Vellacott added that the event had passed mainly uneventfully.
He said: “The event went off without issue but that is because of the hard work we put in to make sure it did.
“We ensured we had enough resources ready to deal with anything that came up.
“I still do not support this kind of event and we will be providing the same level of policing for the next event in November.”
Some students claimed the extra police presence was unnecessary but officers said they were there to provide public reassurance.
Councillor Rob Newby joined the police for the event.
He told the Echo: “The majority of the students seemed in good spirits and the event seemed to go well.
“However, I think we should remain cautious about events such as these as this was just one event and they can vary.”
A spokesman for Carnage UK would not comment about the possibility of the company being charged for the cost of policing the next event in Exeter, but said: “We have a very active legal department and we have specialists in every field you can imagine.”
He added: “One of the two people arrested was not involved in the event. He had tried to get into Club Rococo and was not permitted as he did not have a Carnage T-shirt on.”