Advice about drinking in town centre

Officers from Northampton Central Safer Community Team, along with partner agencies, will be holding an event at the Grosvenor Centre from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, June 9.

PCSOs Naomi Burkart and Scott Potter will be handing out literature to members of the public and offering advice about drinking alcohol on the street and in the town centre.

Some areas of Northampton have been designated as DPPOs (Designated Public Places Orders) where, if deemed necessary, a police officer can request that a person stops drinking and surrenders the alcohol they are drinking.

The purpose of this action is to tackle issues that have recently been identified as a priority by the local community, as well as an opportunity for officers to speak directly with members of public and provide reassurance.

PCSOs Burkart and Potter will be supported by Trading Standards who will be available to talk to people about counterfeit alcohol and tobacco and how to determine the differences between imitation and genuine purchases.

Ben Smith from Trading Standards said: “The public are encouraged to be vigilant and report any suspicious products to Trading Standards via Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

“Shops might think they are getting a bargain by buying from a ‘man-in-a-van’. Not only could they cause great harm to their customers but they could land themselves in court and also have their alcohol licence revoked.”

PCSO Burkart added: “When carrying out an event such as this, we try to focus on the activities based on what the local community have told us are of concern in their area and regularly work alongside our partner agencies to achieve this.”

Visit the Local Policing pages at www.northants.police.uk for further activities planned by your Safer Community Team.