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Police target Oxford Road in Reading after complaints

Police are leading five days of action to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in a problem area of Reading.

Residents in the Oxford Road area have complained of drug taking, street drinking and people behaving aggressively and urinating in public.

Officers are stepping up patrols until Friday while Reading council workers will be looking at the problem of littering and fly-tipping.

It comes after police were criticised by residents for a lack of action.

Monitor shops

Residents said walking through the area was "like running the gauntlet every day".

Police said they would target street drinkers during the operation and they had the powers to confiscate alcohol.

Officers will also monitor if shops are selling alcohol to people already intoxicated and take action.

Insp Graham Markham, from the Oxford Road policing team, said: "This week of action gives us the opportunity to highlight how we are tackling the priority issues that have been identified by the community."

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