Police powers to seize alcohol extended in Killamarsh
Posted on 11th September 2013
Powers which allow police to seize alcohol from people found drinking on the streets and causing problems in Killamarsh have been extended to cover the whole town.
The new Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) has been introduced following a consultation, and in response to community concerns, about alcohol-related nuisance behaviour caused by a minority of people in several identified ‘hotspot’ areas.
It means that officers now have additional powers to tackle alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour in all areas of Killamarsh.
Additional signs which alert people to the existence of the new DPPO area have been put up around the town and an information leaflet has been produced, funded by North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP).
Police Community Safety Partnership Sergeant Paul Smith said: “Residents have told us they are concerned about anti-social behaviour in the area and we are working hard with partner agencies and the local community to address these concerns.
“The introduction of new DPPO along with a number of other measures is part of our ongoing strategy for targeting anti-social behaviour in Killamarsh, and helping local residents feel safe.”
Sgt. Smith added: “People who continue to engage in alcohol related anti-social behaviour will face arrest and prosecution if they do not co-operate with officers’ directions in respect of the DPPO.”
Police officers have been working alongside NEDCSP, other local agencies and local people to address problems and provide new activities, including:
The B-Safe Initiative, where the police, youth workers and Rykneld Homes work in partnership to conduct patrols and positively engage with young people at risk of engaging in ASB and alcohol misuse.
A Dispersal Order, which gives police the power the move on groups of two or more people if they are thought to be causing a nuisance on the street.
Opening of a new youth club, run by Police Community Support Officers, Derbyshire County Council (DCC), District Youth Workers and Sporting Futures staff.
Funding for activities for youngsters, including free coaching by Sporting Futures and Extreme Wheels Roadshow sessions
Cllr Lilian Robinson, Chair of NEDCSP, said: “These powers have proved successful in dealing with a minority of people who are drinking on the streets, and causing a nuisance to local people in some areas of the town.
“We have now taken the opportunity to increase these powers across Killamarsh, and would-be trouble-makers should take heed that this behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere in the town.
Anyone with concerns about anti-social behaviour, or to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police.
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