Police tweets highlight problems of alcohol

Northamptonshire police carry out an operation using a mobile police station and custody suite in Kettering town centre last year. Pictured is District Commander Chris Hillery
Northamptonshire police carry out an operation using a mobile police station and custody suite in Kettering town centre last year. Pictured is District Commander Chris Hillery
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Northamptonshire Police spent last night (Friday, September 20) tweeting about the effect of alcohol on our towns.

Officers from the force used the hashtag #alcoholharm to highlight the problems associated with alcohol and drunk and disorderly behaviour.

At 12.52am, the police tweeted: “Drink involved in domestic incident police attending now in Kettering. In Rushden “very very drunk” woman arrested.”

Four minutes later, they added: “Currently gripped by footage of drunk pushing similarly drunk man in a shopping trolley up Rectory Rd, Rushden. It’ll end in tears.”

A later tweet from Northants Police said six in 10 officers believed booze-related disorder took up at least half their time with one in 10 saying it took up more than 80 per cent.

Other officers joined in the tweeting, with the Kettering All Saints account relaying a number of incidents in which alcohol was seized in restricted areas in the town.

The Twitter campaign follows a nationwide drive aiming to tackle the problems of excess drinking spearheaded by Chief Constable Adrian Lee.

He has advocated the establishment of so-called drunk tanks, which would charge people who had had too much to drink for a night in the cells.