Funfair organisers want 2am alcohol licence for Hoppings-style event in Sunderland

Dean Wood (2nd from right) who's company Safe Light will be providing security for the 'Hoppings' at Herrington Country Park, pictured with Darren Noble (3rd left) of the fair and some of Dean's staff.
Dean Wood (2nd from right) who's company Safe Light will be providing security for the 'Hoppings' at Herrington Country Park, pictured with Darren Noble (3rd left) of the fair and some of Dean's staff.
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ORGANISERS want permission to serve booze until 2am when a massive funfair rolls into Wearside this weekend.

Dubbed The North East’s Largest Funfair, the event comes to Herrington Country Park on Friday, after the cancellation of the historic Hoppings fair in Newcastle.

A Sunderland City Council licensing sub-committee was due to decide on the licence application by Manchester-based S&D Leisure Europe Ltd, but the meeting has now been adjourned.

The company wants to be able to sell alcohol to the public until 10pm, and to fairground workers for a further four hours.

Northumbria Police have objected to the scheme on the basis it could lead to increased crime and disorder.

“Large-scale public events like the one planned bring a strong risk of criminal and anti-social behaviour,” says the force’s submission to the licensing panel.

“Alcohol being available to the public has proved in the past to make these issues more problematic.”

College lecturer Simon Coxon, whose home in Lambton Street, New Herrington, overlooks the site, said residents were concerned. “Hopefully, because the police have objected, this application won’t go any further,” he told the Echo.

“We are concerned about the level of disorder with the amount of people.

“There will be a lot of youths travelling from around the region.”

But Dean Wood, whose company Safe Light Security will be responsible for the site, aimed to reassure residents.

“I can assure the public on the site and those people who live nearby that we will do our utmost to maintain order,”

“We have never had any problem at any of our previous events.

“All our staff are experienced and Security Industry Authority licensed.

“Everyone will be in radio contact and we will be working closely with the police.”