Crackdown on alcohol-related crime working

A crackdown on alcohol-related crime and disorder in Morpeth has proved successful, say police.

A Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) started in 2008 to address problems related to booze and anti-social behaviour in the town.

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

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Grant Dawson said: “Morpeth has a well deserved reputation as a popular and welcoming tourist town and this order helps us tackle the small minority who get involved in drunkenness, disorder and nuisance behaviour.

“The DPPO has been a useful tool in the last few years and it has really helped us reduce the problems caused by alcohol.

“Although crime and reports of anti-social behaviour are low in the area the DPPO gives us another option to address local concerns and reports of any disorder linked to drinking in a public place.

“Feedback from local residents shows these DPPOs are popular and the community want us to take positive action against the few individuals whose behaviour can affect other people’s quality of life.”