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Police team up to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder in Matlock

Posted on 24th January 2017

We are teaming up to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder in Matlock.

This comes after we have received reports from local residents about drunken misbehaviour in the community, particularly in the areas of Old English Road, Dale Road, and Hall Leys Park.

The Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team will be working in partnership to combat anti-social behaviour caused through alcohol consumption, along with helping to make the local communities safer.

This includes teaming up with North Division Licensing to offer advice and support to pubs in the town to help to minimise alcohol related issues such as anti-social behaviour, crime, and disorder.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who oversees Safer Neighbourhood policing across the Derbyshire Dales, said: “We understand that people want to go out and enjoy themselves by heading out on a weekend but this can be done without disturbing or causing upset for local residents.

“It is important to us to improve the situation promptly so we will be working closely with our licensing team, PCC Dhindsa, and also listening to local residents to help tackle the issue and improve the quality of life for people in the town, particularly those living close-by to pubs.”

PC Sandra Barlow from North Division Licensing added: “I am disappointed that there is a problem with alcohol related anti-social behaviour occurring on Dale Road and Old English Road.

“With the Crown Inn offering to start up a new Matlock Pub Watch scheme, I am confident that the licenced trade and police can work together to help to combat the issue.”

The team will also be working alongside PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, partner agencies, and local residents to find long term solutions.

PCC Hardyal Dhindsa said that a partnership approach was the clear way forward. “I’m pleased to see different agencies are working in partnership to tackle alcohol-related behaviour,” he added.

“This is a really positive move and I’m delighted to have helped. I will continue to work with local community partners and the public to make further improvements where required.”

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