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Preventing excess alcohol consumption at Wimbledon

G4S Secure Solutions (UK And Ireland) : 07 July, 2009  (Application Story)
G4S explains the rationale behind its enforcement of alcohol policies at the Wimbledon Championships to prevent disturbances
G4S Events' security officers operating at The Championships, Wimbledon have been called upon to enforce the AELTC's regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol on the Wimbledon site. Alcohol may be brought into the grounds, but is limited to the equivalent of one bottle of wine or two 500ml cans of per per person. One visitor attempted to enter the event with seven 50 ml bottles of gin, four of vodka and two of whiskey which they alleged was for their own consumption.

Unfortunately, a minority of event goers still fail to heed warnings about leaving their belongings unattended. On each day of The Championships to date at least three or four packages have been removed by security. Members of the public attending The Championships, Wimbledon are advised to keep their belongings with them at all times.

As well as searching for sharp and dangerous items such as knives, G4S staff also have to remove other seemingly innocuous items from event goers who often do not realise that such items are prohibited from entering The Championships because they could be used inappropriately, with a more sinister purpose. As well as items such as corkscrews and screw drivers, hair brushes with long metal spiked handles could easily be used as offensive weapons, to stab or wound somebody. The public are also prevented from bringing in heavy duty padlocks, which could cause serious injury if used as a weapon. While the public may remonstrate that these items serve a legitimate purpose, to ensure health and safety and to prevent incidents these items must be checked into cloakrooms at the site perimeter for collection later.

Mark Hamilton, managing director, G4S Events commented: "We are finding that the majority of visitors who have alcohol confiscated at Wimbledon are those who have unwittingly attempted to enter the site with too much wine or beer, or high strength spirits, which can be a health and safety issue. We understand this is frustrating for some people, but in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone on site G4S is obliged to ask visitors to check additional alcohol into the left luggage area. We advise that members of the public attending The Championships, Wimbledon should check the AETLC's regulations carefully. Ensuring the health and safety of visitors to The Championships is a top priority, so it is vital bags are checked before ticket holders are granted access."
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