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Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Weymouth

People found drinking on the streets of Weymouth, or causing anti-social behaviour, will be targeted as part of a two week long operation.

Starting on 4 August 2014, local officers will increase patrols on the streets of Weymouth targeting street drinkers and those seen to be acting in an anti-social manner.

Officers have been made aware of issues along the seafront involving groups of people who are regularly drunk, abusive and causing concern to members of the public.

During this two week long operation, anyone seen to be acting in an anti-social manner will be issued with a Section 27 dispersal order preventing them from returning to the area for up to 48 hours. If they breach this order they can be arrested.

Alcohol will be seized from anyone who is seen to be drinking in alcohol free areas of Weymouth Town which is a breach of local Byelaws. Anyone who is found to be drunk and disorderly will also be arrested.

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.

Issued: 4 August 2014