Spalding police alcohol crackdown 'cuts disorder'

An operation to reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in a Lincolnshire town has been a success, according to police.

The centre of Spalding is subject to a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) which allows officers to move on those suspected of causing problems.

In April and early May, Operation Trunk saw 42 people dealt with under the DPPO.

Officers said related calls to police had fallen significantly.

Operation Trunk used a number of sanctions, including warnings or alcohol confiscations, notices to disperse, fixed penalty notices and an arrest.

Insp Chris Davison, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "We have seen a decrease in the number of calls for police to deal with street drinkers as a consequence of the operation.

"These have decreased from five or six a day to five or six a week.

"The police have been robust in ensuring that Operation Trunk has been a success and we will continue to target nuisance drinkers in the town and elsewhere in the district."

He added that police, alongside South Holland District Council, were now looking to extend the operation throughout the summer.

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