POLICE have been driving down alcohol-related crime by upping patrols in town centres.
Officers in North West Leicestershire revealed that efforts to clamp down on the issue were a ‘fundamental part of policing’ in the area.
Areas such as Ashby and Measham have seen extra patrols and added focus in previous weeks to ensure that revellers can enjoy a safe night out.
Helena Bhakta, North West Leicestershire Local Policing Unit Commander, told the Mail: “I thought I would reflect on what we have been doing to police the night-time economy in the area.
“Across North West Leicestershire, and in particular Ashby and Measham, our work to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder is a fundamental part of policing the night time economy.
“The focus for much of this work relates to Friday and Saturday nights, and to a lesser extent Thursday evenings and the other days of the week.”
In December 2013, leading up to the Christmas period, the force launched its SAFE campaign.
The rural beat van was stationed in Ashby town centre to act as a safe point.
Police officers, together with street pastors, were available at the vehicle to take reports of crimes and provide support to people who had become distressed.
In addition to the vehicle, police officers and staff from North West Leicestershire District Council carried out a series of licensing checks across the area.
Insp Bhakta added: “It is pleasing to note that most of the premises visited were compliant with licensing requirements.
“Where we have identified issues we are working with the licensees to remedy matters.
“During December we were also been strongly supported by the Special Constabulary.
“We have been running Operation Headley, which has been staffed by special constables, who not only assisted our work in relation to the night-time economy, but also in tackling antisocial behaviour.
“I am both fortunate and grateful to have a superb group who give so much of their free time.”