Dorset Police Launch Crackdown in Weymouth
6:45am 5th August 2014
(Updated 4:31pm 5th August 2014)
Police are targeting drinking and anti-social behaviour on the streets of Weymouth as part of a two-week crackdown.
The initiative, which started yesterday (4th August), will see officers increase their patrols in the streets, with a robust approach to any people they believe to be causing a problem.
Anyone who is caught drinking in the street or acting in an anti-social manner may be given a dispersal order, meaning they cannot return to the area for up to 48 hours; anyone who breaks this order can be arrested.
Police also have the power to confiscate any alcohol from street drinkers around the alcohol free areas of Weymouth and will be arresting people who are being drunk and disorderly.
The crackdown is following complaints from members of the public who complained of abusive behaviour from groups of people, with alcohol usually being the cause.
Weymouth Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Yeoman said: "The aim of this operation is to reduce anti-social behaviour and deal strongly with the issue of street drinkers in Weymouth.
"We are actively targeting these groups of people to ensure that those at fault are dealt with and that Weymouth remains a safe and beautiful place to live and visit."
If you see anyone involved in alcohol related disorder, or acting in an anti-social manner, please call Dorset Police on 101 or go to dorset.police.uk and report them using the 'Do It Online' service. If a crime is in progress or life in danger, dial 999 immediately.