More arrests made as part of Operation Challenge

More arrests have been made as part of Operation Challenge
More arrests have been made as part of Operation Challenge
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Operation Challenge’s high impact initiative is continuing to see positive results, with officers making further arrests last weekend as part of the force’s ongoing operation to reduce violent crime and disorder.

The mobile ‘custody village’ was once again set up in Northampton town centre on Saturday night (September 15), providing an ‘on the ground’ unit in which to detain and deal with those arrested as well as enabling officers to give advice and guidance to drunk and vulnerable people.

A total of 17 people were arrested for alcohol-related offences during the operation on Saturday.

One person was retained in custody at Campbell Square police station while 16 people were released and referred to DAARS (Drug and Alcohol Referral Scheme).

They were also issued with Section 27 notices, forbidding them from returning to the area within a specified time.

Anyone given a DAARS appointment must attend otherwise they will receive a summons to court.

So far, no-one has failed to attend an appointment and about a third of people have requested further support.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Blatchly joined officers on patrol on Saturday night and made two of the arrests.

He said: “The use of the mobile custody suite has proved to be a very successful initiative, demonstrating that we will deal robustly with anti-social and potentially violent behaviour caused by excessive alcohol consumption, while at the same time helping to educate people about the risks involved and the potential consequences of too much alcohol.

“We’re not here to stop people having fun – we want everyone to be able to enjoy their night out safely but also to realise that there can be consequences to getting drunk beyond a hangover.”

Two volunteers from the Police Authority’s Independent Custody Visitors Scheme were also out and about during the evening.

They were shown all aspects of the operation and had full access to the custody village to check that the facilities were satisfactory and the welfare needs of the detainees were met.