Time called on drunks in Clipstone

A CATALOGUE of nearly 150 incidents in six months has led to police being given new powers to tackle drink-related crime in Clipstone.

The history of trouble including street drinking, vandalism, violence and yobbish behaviour was used as evidence by officers who won greater powers to confiscate booze.

In the list of 149 incidents since December, submitted to a council hearing, records from Nottinghamshire Police show repeated reports of youths drinking and being ‘rowdy and abusive’.

After hearing of the reports, Newark & Sherwood District Council granted a designated public place order for the village on Thursday.

Recent incidents included a group of drunk youths knocking on the windows of Rumbles Cafe, Vicar Water, and disturbing a function in May.

Other reports included young males throwing stones at homes on Church Road and teenagers climbing on the roof of the First Avenue health centre.

In supporting the proposal for a designated public place order (DPPO), Paul Inman, the force’s licensing officer for the area, wrote: “The list demonstrates there are many problems spread across the Clipstone area, caused by the consumption of alcohol, mainly but not exclusively by young people.”

He added problems increased after Mansfield passed a similar order just over the district border, which drove some street drinkers into Clipstone.

The order, originally put forward by Clipstone Parish Council, means police can now take alcohol from over-18s who officers think may be holding it for underage drinkers.

Officers can also now fine anyone in the village who refuses to stop drinking and give up their booze.

Said Clipstone Parish Council chairman, Sheila Soar: “There was a lot of evidence of groups of young people gathering, which wasn’t the problem; the problem was their behaviour got out of hand. The village is quieter now.

“(Despite the figures) I don’t think people feel threatened; Clipstone is not a bad place, it does not feel dangerous and residents do not come to me and say that.”

The report shows of the 149 incidents of anti-social behaviour in six months, 30 occurred in May, 35 in April, 27 in March, 12 in February, 17 in January and 28 in December.

Keith Hatfield, park ranger for Vicar Water, said the order would be welcome to help prevent problems from last summer re-occurring.

“It was happening on a Friday and Saturday, we’ve seen anything up to 30 people meeting at the park,” he said.

“Damage was caused which the council had to pay out for and we’ve been getting people in to help them get on the right track.

“I think it is working and we’ve given keys to the Police so they can get into the park at night time.”