POLICE in Trowbridge have this week been cracking down on the issue of street drinking and the anti-social behaviour that it can often lead to.
PCSOs and PCs in the town have been carrying out regular patrols in the areas where street drinkers have been causing problems in recent weeks and action has been taken against anyone causing issues through the Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs). DPPOs help officers deal with the problems of alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public places, making it an offence to continue drinking when asked to stop by an officer.
As well as this, officers have been engaging with local stores and the community to ensure they are kept informed of the progress being made.
Inspector James Brain said: “We are still receiving reports from members of the public regarding the anti-social behaviour in Trowbridge town centre.
“We are continuing to work closely with our partner agencies and finding solutions to help us tackle these issues.
“Officers have been patrolling the key locations and taking positive action in terms of enforcement and prevention which include dispersal orders, confiscation, arrests and offering advice to those involved. As well as this, officers have also been offering reassurance to the public.
“This hard work doesn’t stop after this week, however. We will continue over the coming weeks and months to address the problems and the negative perception held by people within our community.”
Anyone with information relating to street drinkers in Trowbridge should call police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.