Festive crackdown on alcohol related crime

Supt Bill McMahon

Supt Bill McMahon

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Police officers have warned they will not tolerate booze-fuelled crime in the lead up to Christmas.

Officers are preparing to deal with an increase in crime and disorder as more people head out to celebrate the festive period.

High visible patrols, test purchase operations and licensing visits will be carried out in town centres throughout December in a bid to reduce violent crime and sexual offences linked to alcohol.

Supt Bill McMahon, Lancashire Police’s lead on alcohol harm, said: “As more people tend to go out drinking over the festive period we often see an increase in alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

“We will be carrying out high visibility patrols throughout December and into the New Year in order to prevent and detect alcohol related crime.

“The safety of people using our town centres at night time is of the utmost importance.

“This is why we are working closely with our other Safer Lancashire partners to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe night out this December.”

In Blackpool, the Aslan operation, which is usually conducted each weekend in the resort and focuses on alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder in the resort, will continue throughout the festive period.

Licensing staff from the council will be working with police visiting licensed premises in Fylde while Operation Merry in Wyre will focus on anti-social behaviour.

Coun David Smith, chairman of the Safer Lancashire Partnership, said: “When people get too drunk, they are more likely to get involved in fights, end up in A&E, lose their friends and possessions or cause a fire in their home.”