Nottinghamshire Police and Ashfield District Council launch crackdown on nuisance drinkers in Sutton

.Sutton Town centre Christmas shoppers
.Sutton Town centre Christmas shoppers

NEW measures to crack down on nuisance drinkers have been introduced in Sutton town centre and the surrounding area.

Nottinghamshire Police authorised a dispersal order in conjunction with Ashfield District Council following reports of antisocial behaviour in the town .

The order, which came into effect on Friday, was granted following reports of antisocial behaviour in the area for example, street drinking, use and sale of illegal drugs, fighting and rowdy, intimidating behaviour.

It means that officers now have extra powers to deal with troublemakers and can keep them out of the designated zone which includes all of the town centre such as Market Place and Portland Square, as well as Sutton Lawn and the nearby residential streets.

Sutton Sergeant Andy Downie said: “Local residents and businesses in the area have made it very clear that dealing with antisocial behaviour is a priority.

“The dispersal order is part of Nottinghamshire Police’s and Ashfield District Council’s response to tackling this issue.

“We are currently working together on a number of applications for antisocial behaviour orders, drinks banning orders and closure orders to proactively deal with persistent troublemakers and those who allow their premises to be used for antisocial behaviour.”

Under the order, police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) can disperse groups of two or more people who they believe to be acting in an antisocial way by telling them to leave the area.