Police have begun four weeks of operations in Aylesbury by clamping down on street drinkers and anti-social behaviour.
As part of ongoing work, officers are targeting a hardcore of offenders, many of them known to police, who illegally drink on the town’s streets and cause trouble.
Hot spots where drinkers have often based themselves in the past have included around St Mary’s Church, Kingsbury and Market Square. Some have now taken to drinking in Vale Park after being pushed out of the town centre by police.
PC Lucy Emerson said: “They know we won’t take any nonsense, but they also know we want to help them.
“We want to promote the town centre. It’s the shop window for Aylesbury and we don’t want it to be associated with drunks.”
PC Glen Crosland said one of the main problems is that street drinkers and people behaving anti-socially can often be intimidating for visitors to the town. He said this can have a knock-on effect on businesses if it puts people off going into the area.
Although this is not the first time police have targeted street drinkers, extra officers are patrolling this week as part of the month of operations.
Next week the neighbourhood team will be focusing on the homeless before targeting purse dippers.