Crackdown on violent and alcohol-related crime in Northants

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Police are carrying out a countywide operation dedicated to reducing alcohol-related violence over the Christmas and New Year period.

The drive is part of a robust campaign to see a crackdown on violent and alcohol-related crime, with the underlying message that drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of being involved in violence and is not worth it.

Superintendent Dave Hill, who is leading the operation, said: “We have a high impact, countywide initiative underway throughout December using a variety of tactics.

“We are taking a tough approach to anybody who chooses to break the law.

“The ‘custody village’ is in action in both Northampton and Kettering town centres.

“This local detention building will be used to detain individuals who are clearly drunk in a public place and also to protect those who are vulnerable through intoxication.

“Officers are using the full range of powers available to exclude people from town centres for the whole Christmas period, and to detain and arrest those whose behaviour is unacceptable or criminals.

“People planning a night out to celebrate the festive season don’t want their evenings to be spoiled by the thoughtless few who do not control their behaviour.

“People who are drunk are significantly more likely to become either a victim or offender of crime; nearly 50 per cent of violent crime is alcohol-related.

“We want people to be able to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in our town centres without that enjoyment being affected by those behaving in a violent way.”