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News by Fred Alan Medforth
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Oktoberfest in crisis as BEER is BANNED… because people might get drunk
A HUGE German beer festival in the centre of Glasgow has hit a snag - after council bosses refused to grant the event an alcohol licence. The Oktoberfest in Blythswood Square was due to take place between October 19 and 23.
But now organisers are desperately searching for an alternative venue, after licensing officers sided with Police Scotland, who complained the festival posed a serious risk to public safety.
The force listed a series of "major failings" at the 2015 festivities, held at Glasgow Green, including a lack of security, high levels of intoxication among the 2,200 strong crowd and numerous outbreaks of violence.In total, there were seven people arrested, 25 ejected from the event and two public order vans called to control "growing disturbances", Herald Scotland reported.
One Dutch reveller was seen drunkenly staggering across tables before collapsing into a crowd of fellow boozers and punching a man in the face, sparking a brawl.
A police report submitted to the licensing committee said: "Police Scotland recorded three males arrested and issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for a breach of peace on 23 October 2015."Additionally, a 20-year-old Dutch Marine was arrested for assault. The male had been observed by stewards walking across tables and falling into a group of males due to his intoxication.
"He then punched one of the males and was restrained by stewards. There were a further three arrests for breach of the peace and police assault on 24 October 2015."
There were also concerns about an application to permit children inside the beer tent on the Sunday, with police saying their safety could not be guaranteed given "the level of drunkenness previously demonstrated". Explaining its decision, a licencing board member said it had concerns about the location of the event and the risk posed by people drunkenly walking along busy roads.
But a statement on Glasgow Okterberfest's website said the event would still be going ahead.
It read: "The venue for Glasgow Oktoberfest 2016 is going to be announced within the next days! We are still working on to find the most suitable venue!" express