Police hail success of street drinking crackdown – and vow to carry on

Getting better: Police say street drinking is no longer as bad around the Herbert Ingram Memorial
Getting better: Police say street drinking is no longer as bad around the Herbert Ingram Memorial

Police have hailed the success of their street drinking crackdown in Boston – but vowed that they will continue to combat the issue.

Officers are now just under a month in to Operation Dakota – an initiative to try to cut booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour on the streets of Boston.

Two officers a day have been deployed to specifically address the issue with 61 people having drinks confiscated and being ‘moved on’ since the operation began on June 17.

Of those three were arrested.

Two of those were given cautions and the third was handed a fixed penalty notice fine.

All three also spent ‘several hours’ in a police cell as a result of their actions.

The crackdown was first launched last year and has been repeated this summer – with the warmer weather bringing more people out onto the streets.

Officers say they think early indications show that it is working and say former ‘hotspots’ such as the the area around the Herbert Ingram Memorial are now less likely to attract street drinkers.

However, officers accept the problem remains, and will carry on the crackdown until the end of November at least.

Boston Community Policing Inspector, Dave Rimmer said: “True success would be not to find any street drinkers but we have to be realistic.

“Street drinking is a wider social problem, found in most towns the size of Boston.

“I am committed to driving the level of street drinking down and the community of Boston can be reassured that I will continue to deploy my officers to reduce this problem.”

The town’s Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) means officers can confiscate booze off anyone they believe to be committing – or about to commit – anti-social behaviour.

You can report offences to police by dialling 101.