Orders are a hit in Ashington

NEARLY 200 orders have been issued to help reduce anti-social behaviour issues in Ashington.

Last November, police in the town launched the Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

And in those 12-months, the police have used the powers on more than 180 occasions.

The order is designed to reduce alcohol related nuisance and makes it an offence for people to refuse to dispose of alcohol at the request of a police officer.

Ashington Neighbourhood Sergeant Mick Kelliher said: “Since the launch of the DPPO we have seen anti-social behaviour drop in the area by over 20 per cent.

“Residents have noticed a difference too and have spoken to officers about how there are fewer broken bottles on the streets and groups of youths gathering.

“Our partners at Northumberland County Council tell us they have had fewer complaints of street drinking since the order was launched and are extremely pleased with the results.

“The public in Ashington seem to have taken to the DPPO and there has been a resigned acceptance from those found in breach of the order to hand over the alcohol without any real fuss.

“Officers will continue to enforce the order and work to ensure Ashington remains a safe place to live.”