Officers to tackle underage drinking after concerns raised by Rushden residents

Rushden Hall Park Deputy Mayor Cllr David Jenney

Rushden Hall Park Deputy Mayor Cllr David Jenney

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Officers from East Northants Town safer community team are to carry out extra patrols at town park after concerns raised by residents.

Local residents raised concerns of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour and littering, in particular at Hall Park, Rushden.

In response to the concerns, officers are carrying out patrols in the park and will be taking action where people are identified behaving in an anti-social manner.

Officer Chris Johnston from the town centre team said: “We will be making positive interventions to prevent any alcohol-related disorder or anti-social behaviour.

“Young people can become more vulnerable when alcohol is involved. They can become involved in disorder or become victims of crime.

“Places like parks will attract members of the local community and in particular over the bank holiday weekend. We want everyone visiting to have an enjoyable time and not engage in behaviour that would cause distress to others – we want people to be responsible.

“Where necessary, we will be confiscating alcohol or asking people to leave the area.”

The police action comes after the Northamptonshire Telegraph reported in Thursday’s edition about lots of litter left in Hall Park, Rushden, following the recent hot weather.