Police relaunch crackdown on street drinkers in Boston

Herbert Ingram Memorial area of Boston where police have tried to cut down on street drinking.
Herbert Ingram Memorial area of Boston where police have tried to cut down on street drinking.

Police have announced they will relaunch an operation to target street drinkers in Boston.

Officers focussed on stamping out booze related problems in the town in a crackdown at the end of last year, particularly around the Herbert Ingram Memorial, and will begin again now that warmer weather is said to be causing the problems to resurface.

Two officers a day will be deployed to speak to, move on and if necessary either confiscate alcohol or arrest anyone causing an offence.

The town centre is covered by a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) which means it is not illegal to drink in the streets but does give police powers to step in if people are displaying anti-social or criminal behaviour.

The force says the crackdown – Operation Dakota – was successful when it ran between October and December last year, particularly around the Ingram Memorial, with further sites to be targeted this time around.

Community Inspector Dave Rimmer said: “This year, the operation will run for a longer period, from June until the end of November, though it may continue beyond November if necessary.

“After a relatively quiet few months the incidents are beginning to increase as the warmer weather arrives, and the problem has also moved to other locations in addition to the expected hot spots within the town’s DPPO area.

“In response to this, the Op Dakota patrol area will widen and I will be deploying two officers per day, who will be dedicated to dealing with people who drink in the street and act in a disorderly manner.”

Officers will be calling on the support of the town’s CCTV system to catch offenders and the two-officer team will also have back up, including from plain clothes police, as part of the campaign.

Inspector Rimmer added: “In support of the ongoing operation, there will also be a ‘Blitz Day’ every month. This will see a number of officers being deployed, some in plain clothes, to further tackle this problem.

“I consider education to be an important aspect and drinkers will be told how they are perceived by the public and those with addictions will be given advice on how to access agencies who can help them.”

If anyone refuses to hand over their booze to police when asked they are committing an offence while can lead to a penalty notice or a fine up to £500.