Mobile custody unit comes to Kettering

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Police installed a pop-up custody village in Kettering town centre on Saturday night in a bid to tackle drink-related crime.

It is the first time the mobile police custody village has appeared in the town, after successful operations in Northampton.

Northamptonshire police carry out an operation using a mobile police station and custody suite in Kettering town centre. Pictured is District Commander Chris Hillery.

Northamptonshire police carry out an operation using a mobile police station and custody suite in Kettering town centre. Pictured is District Commander Chris Hillery.

The scheme, which is part of Operation Challenge, sees excessively drunk people and troublemakers locked up and processed in mobile police cells.

The unit is used to detain individuals who are clearly drunk in a public place and also to protect those who are vulnerable through intoxication.

People could be released after a few hours and those arrested could be referred to a drug and alcohol referral scheme.

Insp Kev Byrne, of Northants Police, said the tactic is being used to help prevent drink-related crime and help those people who are vulnerable after drinking too much alcohol.

He said officers manning the unit will not bother people who have had a drink on a night out and are in a happy state of mind.

See the video above to watch the inspector give a tour of the custody village and explain more about the tactics being used.