Police to bring Saturday night live to you via Twitter

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Twitter users will be able to see what the police are up to over the bank holiday weekend with tweets coming from the county control room as well as on the beat.

In a bid to highlight the number of incidents and crimes caused by people drinking too much, Northamptonshire Police will be tweeting about the calls they receive in the control room, as well as incidents officers come face-to-face with on the street.

A member of staff will be tweeting from the county control room on Saturday (May 25) from 10pm until 4am.

The tweets will cover 999 and 101 calls coming in throughout the evening.

Officers on duty, who tweet on behalf of the force, will also be updating Twitter about what they observe and incidents they are called to throughout the evening.

All those participating will be using the hashtag #alcoholharm.

Chief Constable Adrian Lee, who is the ACPO lead for alcohol licensing and harm reduction, said: “We all recognise that alcohol can be beneficial for our well-being and community cohesion: sharing a drink with family, friends and neighbours in a pub, over dinner or at a summer barbecue is a social activity that has long been a part of British life.

“However, alcohol also causes damage that we cannot ignore.

“Excessive drinking clearly increases your likelihood of committing a crime or becoming a victim of one.

“Nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol-related; drink-related anti-social behaviour is the most common form that people experience.

“Offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents of domestic abuse.

“The cost of policing all this is substantial and the impact on our partners, in particular the health service, is another huge cost.

“I do have concerns that a very small number of people come to our town centres intending to drink so much that they are not capable of taking personal responsibility for their own welfare.

“The police and other agencies do have a duty of care and together we do all we can to keep people safe, but there is a cost to that.

“I do wonder if the time has come for us all to become less tolerant of people who do not take personal responsibility for their own well-being and health.”

The force has chosen this weekend as an ordinary spring bank holiday and expects to see many people simply enjoying themselves, especially if the Saints win the rugby final on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Lee added: “We did a similar event in March and feedback was very positive.

“I have invited other forces to join us this weekend and hope that this activity begins to generate the necessary debate we need to reach a balanced use of alcohol in our communities.”