A new multi-agency campaign has been launched across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour during the school holidays.
Called 'Safer Summer' the campaign is designed to reduce incidents of noise, vandalism, graffiti, criminal damage, alcohol related crime and disorder which tend to rise during the summer holidays.
Bluetooth messages have been sent to the mobile phones of thousands of pupils in secondary schools across the county reminding them to have a safe summer and think carefully about their behaviour and the effect it might have on others.
Police officers have been giving presentations in classes and each local authority also has a full schedule of summer activities which young people are being encouraged to take part in. Officers will be confiscating alcohol from teenagers under the age of 18 if they are caught drinking in the street and will be targeting known 'hot spot' areas. Regular visits will be made to pubs and off licenses to make sure they are complying with the law and extra public order patrols will be in place in towns with lively night time economies to avoid any increase in alcohol related violent crime.
As well the police and councils, the Youth Offending Service; Primary Care Trusts and the Leicestershire and Rutland Fire Brigade are also involved in the campaign.
Anyone who has a problems with anti-social behaviour during the summer holidays should call the police on Leicester (0116) 222 2222.
Henry Whatley (7729)
Community Initiatives Coordinator
Harborough & Lutterworth Police