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Published at 12:07pm 8th February 2019. (Updated at 12:12pm 8th February 2019)

Street sleepers who refuse to engage with services and continue to be a public nuisance could find themselves being tackled by the police in the year ahead.

Chief Constable James Vaughan says he recognises that many need help but says that a minority are creating enough nuisance to affect the economic prosperity of the county.

CC James Vaughan

Outlining some of his plans for the year ahead at Thursday’s county police and crime panel he said: "We want to take a more focused approach for those who won’t engage with services. It does affect the economic prosperity of our beautiful county, but I also recognise they are vulnerable people.”

He said he was also keen to find ways of speeding up the process for young people who come into contact with the police and are prosecuted for anti social behaviour.

“It can currently take as much as four month from the point of misbehaviour to court sanctions. We must do better and make sure they are given a deterrent much quicker.”

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter

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