Tackling problems

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Police officers across Cambridgeshire have been tackling alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime as part of a national week of action.

Officers are visiting off licenses, pubs and clubs with representatives from local authorities to ensure they are complying with the terms of their licenses.

They are also enforcing designated public places orders (DPPOs) in the county and patrolling areas affected by street drinking, begging and underage drinking.

The work coincides with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) “In Focus - Alcohol Harm” week, which is part of a series of campaigns focussing on important policing issues.

Inspector Iain Clark said: “Alcohol can be behind an alarming amount of the work police are involved in on a day to day basis, whether it be anti-social behaviour, street drinking or violence in city and town centres at the weekend.

“Drinking too much makes you vulnerable and more likely to become a victim of crime, be injured or involved in violence and it is important everyone takes responsibility, from those supplying alcohol to those consuming it.

“We will not tolerate drunken behaviour and will continue to use all tactics available to us to keep it off our streets.”

Nationally, nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related and offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents of domestic abuse and alcohol plays a part in 25 to 33 per cent of known child abuse cases.