Police arrest 22 in town centre

Two events are being held in memory of the officers killed in Manchester
Two events are being held in memory of the officers killed in Manchester

Operation Challenge’s high impact initiative is continuing to see positive results during September with 22 arrested in Northampton town centre on Saturday night for alcohol-related offences.

A total of 18 people were referred to the Drink and Alcohol Referral Scheme (DAARS) and 20 issued with Section 27 notices – forbidding them from returning from the area within a specified time.

Chief Inspector Andy Cox said: “I’m really pleased with the results of this so far – we’re clearly getting the message across that we are not here to stop people enjoying a night out but will deal with them robustly if they step over the line.

“Visits by officers once offenders have sobered up are also proving effective when the consequences of their behaviour are explained to them in the cold light of day.

“One such offender recently told an Operation Challenge officer “I was an accident waiting to happen” and “I was a fool, I deserved it.”

“Again, we are asking people to stop and think – is it worth it?”