Crackdown on yobs

Crackdown on yobs

Crackdown on yobs

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A PLEDGE by police to clean up the streets of Weymouth is being welcomed.

Dorset Police is stepping up patrols to target street drinkers and yobs causing anti-social behaviour on the seafront and other parts of the town.

They have announced a two-week crackdown targeting those who cause disruption.

The campaign has been launched following complaints made by members of the public about groups of drunk people in the street who are abusive and causing concern to members of the public.

During the two-week initiative, anyone seen to be acting in an anti-social manner will be issued with a dispersal order preventing them from returning to the area for up to 48 hours and, if they breach the order, they could be arrested.

Weymouth Safer Neighbour-hood Sergeant Steve Yeoman said: “The aim of this operation is to reduce anti-social behaviour and deal strongly with the issue of street drinkers in Weymouth.

“We are actively targeting these groups of people to ensure that those at fault are dealt with and that Weymouth remains a safe and beautiful place to live and visit.”

As part of the operation, alcohol will be seized from anyone who is drinking in the alcohol free areas of Weymouth and anyone who is found to be drunk and disorderly will be arrested.

The news has been welcomed by local business leaders, who have welcomed the timing of the campaign, and praised police for introducing it during the summer months.

Julie Cleaver, president of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, praised the initiative.

She said: “I think it’s a good thing and it’s probably the right timing for it as well.

“With the good weather we are having, Weymouth is very busy and more people are coming here, and more people means more policing so I think that it’s a very good idea.

“It’s not a problem specific to Weymouth but we are a popular seaside resort and we need policing that reflects that.

“It’s important that businesses are protected.

“I know some of them have been affected and damaged by people who might be being a bit rowdy so I think it’s good they will have a bit more protection.”

Keith Treggiden, chairman of Weymouth Pubwatch, said the group had been asking police to introduce a campaign such as this for a while.

He said: “Anything that will clean up any anti-social behaviour is a very good idea.

“I don’t think it’s a big problem.

“We get most of the problems on Saturdays when groups of people come down and they can be disruptive because they know they won’t be banned, but we hope this police action will stop that.

“We have been asking for something like this for a while now, so it’s good it’s here.”

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6:27am Tue 5 Aug 14

bhamfan says...

Keith Treggiden, chairman of Weymouth Pubwatch -
“I don’t think it’s a big problem"
“We get most of the problems on Saturdays when groups of people come down and they can be disruptive"

I suggest Mr Treggiden you take a look futher out of town, along the sea front at the beach huts, almost every night we have to witness youths and adults performing outrageously due to drink and drugs,. we see them urinate inside and outside these huts and there is always the foul and abusive language. I call the Police at least 3 times each week throughout the summer.
Im glad to read that you dont think its much of a problem and that you only get your problems on a Saturday night, we get them most nights.
The police are doing a 2 week clamp down on those that cause disruption, what about the other 50 weeks in the year ?
Keith Treggiden, chairman of Weymouth Pubwatch - “I don’t think it’s a big problem" “We get most of the problems on Saturdays when groups of people come down and they can be disruptive" I suggest Mr Treggiden you take a look futher out of town, along the sea front at the beach huts, almost every night we have to witness youths and adults performing outrageously due to drink and drugs,. we see them urinate inside and outside these huts and there is always the foul and abusive language. I call the Police at least 3 times each week throughout the summer. Im glad to read that you dont think its much of a problem and that you only get your problems on a Saturday night, we get them most nights. The police are doing a 2 week clamp down on those that cause disruption, what about the other 50 weeks in the year ? bhamfan
  • Score: 61

6:50am Tue 5 Aug 14

cosmick says...

We will judge this by results, about time they did something after all its what we pay them for. All members of the public should ring the police if they see these people d/d. Try ringing 101 then if after 20 min your still waiting for a reply i expect it will be ok to do 999.
We will judge this by results, about time they did something after all its what we pay them for. All members of the public should ring the police if they see these people d/d. Try ringing 101 then if after 20 min your still waiting for a reply i expect it will be ok to do 999. cosmick
  • Score: 25

7:09am Tue 5 Aug 14

islandman says...

Everyday, without fail, whino's occupy the Esplanade shelter opposite Enzo's. Day after day after day etc
Everyday, without fail, whino's occupy the Esplanade shelter opposite Enzo's. Day after day after day etc islandman
  • Score: 33

8:57am Tue 5 Aug 14

sweetdreamgirl says...

About time too but a fortnight s not enoughthere needs to be a continual patrol of these areas its unfair on residents to endure these low lives.
About time too but a fortnight s not enoughthere needs to be a continual patrol of these areas its unfair on residents to endure these low lives. sweetdreamgirl
  • Score: 30

9:51am Tue 5 Aug 14

whatever66 says...

I have lived here 29 years the town has always had this problem and as usual they up the police during the summer to rid the town centre of them they went on the rodwell trail out of the way but obviously the locals didn't like that either...... I don't bother going in to town no more due to the fact there are drunks in town all day long the only difference is these ones fall out of all the pubs how about having responsible drinking times where the pubs actually close instead of being open all day long why don't the police walk around the town with drug dogs and that way they can to two jobs at once
I have lived here 29 years the town has always had this problem and as usual they up the police during the summer to rid the town centre of them they went on the rodwell trail out of the way but obviously the locals didn't like that either...... I don't bother going in to town no more due to the fact there are drunks in town all day long the only difference is these ones fall out of all the pubs how about having responsible drinking times where the pubs actually close instead of being open all day long why don't the police walk around the town with drug dogs and that way they can to two jobs at once whatever66
  • Score: 22

10:01am Tue 5 Aug 14

rbdeejay says...

So they are basically going to start doing their job.......
WELL DONE YOU!!
So they are basically going to start doing their job....... WELL DONE YOU!! rbdeejay
  • Score: 19

10:07am Tue 5 Aug 14

WeyDave says...

"They have announced a two-week crackdown targeting those who cause disruption."

What about a 52 week crackdown (every year) ?
"They have announced a two-week crackdown targeting those who cause disruption." What about a 52 week crackdown (every year) ? WeyDave
  • Score: 25

11:40am Tue 5 Aug 14

2Sunny says...

We need a law similar to the Open Container Law in force in the US. A brief explanation: in the United States, open container laws regulate or prohibit the existence of open containers of alcohol in certain areas, as well as the active consumption of alcohol in those areas. "Public places" in this context refers to openly public places such as sidewalks, parks and vehicles. It does not include nominally private spaces which are open to the public, such as bars, restaurants and stadiums.
We need a law similar to the Open Container Law in force in the US. A brief explanation: in the United States, open container laws regulate or prohibit the existence of open containers of alcohol in certain areas, as well as the active consumption of alcohol in those areas. "Public places" in this context refers to openly public places such as sidewalks, parks and vehicles. It does not include nominally private spaces which are open to the public, such as bars, restaurants and stadiums. 2Sunny
  • Score: 13

11:46am Tue 5 Aug 14

banger999 says...

Heard it all before yet nothing changes
Heard it all before yet nothing changes banger999
  • Score: 8

12:34pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Mr Peter Melon says...

If it's a problem then it's a problem so this should be all year. More patrols are needed on the Rodwell Trail. Weymouth is a seaside town and it's main industry is tourism. I appreciate that money is an issue at the moment but every investment must be made to attract people here. That maybe the Condor and entertainment, a nice beach etc etc etc, but it also includes ensuring people are safe from drunks and wino's, and in my probably biased oppinion, should not have to witness, listen to and smell these louts either. One more thing, sort out their vicious dogs which normally accompany them at the same time!
If it's a problem then it's a problem so this should be all year. More patrols are needed on the Rodwell Trail. Weymouth is a seaside town and it's main industry is tourism. I appreciate that money is an issue at the moment but every investment must be made to attract people here. That maybe the Condor and entertainment, a nice beach etc etc etc, but it also includes ensuring people are safe from drunks and wino's, and in my probably biased oppinion, should not have to witness, listen to and smell these louts either. One more thing, sort out their vicious dogs which normally accompany them at the same time! Mr Peter Melon
  • Score: 20

1:57pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Sidney Hall says...

Get some more youth clubs open all nights of the week. Give the kids something challenging and constructive to do.
Get some more youth clubs open all nights of the week. Give the kids something challenging and constructive to do. Sidney Hall
  • Score: -1

3:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Living in Bournemouth, it is pretty much the same and I can sympathise with Weymouth for having these problems. The beggars, alcoholics and vagrants take over beauty spots and ruin it for everyone else, in my case now at least I can go up onto the clifftops and look over Poole Bay in the mornings to watch the ships going out without being hassled by people for money.

Police put a notice up in one shelter saying to people they are being watched - hey presto, idiots disappear .
Living in Bournemouth, it is pretty much the same and I can sympathise with Weymouth for having these problems. The beggars, alcoholics and vagrants take over beauty spots and ruin it for everyone else, in my case now at least I can go up onto the clifftops and look over Poole Bay in the mornings to watch the ships going out without being hassled by people for money. Police put a notice up in one shelter saying to people they are being watched - hey presto, idiots disappear . FerryFan
  • Score: 7

3:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Caption Sensible says...

Sidney Hall wrote:
Get some more youth clubs open all nights of the week. Give the kids something challenging and constructive to do.
It is the 'middle-aged dosser' type, who frequent the Rodwell Trail and the Swannery / Westham Bridge who cause the most problems in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Sidney Hall[/bold] wrote: Get some more youth clubs open all nights of the week. Give the kids something challenging and constructive to do.[/p][/quote]It is the 'middle-aged dosser' type, who frequent the Rodwell Trail and the Swannery / Westham Bridge who cause the most problems in my opinion. Caption Sensible
  • Score: 12

4:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Uiducus says...

I moved away weymouth because of its decline in dealing with basic antisocial behaviour. Asking people to move along is pointless, the amount of money us taxpayers give the police it's about time they did their job. It is illegal to drink in public, especially to be drunk in public. There are no reasons for this to be still happening. The police need to scrap a 2 week publicity stunt and actually do their jobs all the time.
I moved away weymouth because of its decline in dealing with basic antisocial behaviour. Asking people to move along is pointless, the amount of money us taxpayers give the police it's about time they did their job. It is illegal to drink in public, especially to be drunk in public. There are no reasons for this to be still happening. The police need to scrap a 2 week publicity stunt and actually do their jobs all the time. Uiducus
  • Score: 17

6:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

La Vigneron says...

Yeah yeah, I've heard it all before and, the next generation will hear it all over again.
Don't hold your breath for results!
Yeah yeah, I've heard it all before and, the next generation will hear it all over again. Don't hold your breath for results! La Vigneron
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Tue 5 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

FerryFan wrote:
Living in Bournemouth, it is pretty much the same and I can sympathise with Weymouth for having these problems. The beggars, alcoholics and vagrants take over beauty spots and ruin it for everyone else, in my case now at least I can go up onto the clifftops and look over Poole Bay in the mornings to watch the ships going out without being hassled by people for money.

Police put a notice up in one shelter saying to people they are being watched - hey presto, idiots disappear .
Wish the sign worked for Jehovah's Witnesses, I know what time they are lurking so usually avoid it that time. They are just as much pests, as they don't want to talk about the weather, the view, anything else, just push their literature and beliefs on you. They are worse than vagrants!!
[quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: Living in Bournemouth, it is pretty much the same and I can sympathise with Weymouth for having these problems. The beggars, alcoholics and vagrants take over beauty spots and ruin it for everyone else, in my case now at least I can go up onto the clifftops and look over Poole Bay in the mornings to watch the ships going out without being hassled by people for money. Police put a notice up in one shelter saying to people they are being watched - hey presto, idiots disappear .[/p][/quote]Wish the sign worked for Jehovah's Witnesses, I know what time they are lurking so usually avoid it that time. They are just as much pests, as they don't want to talk about the weather, the view, anything else, just push their literature and beliefs on you. They are worse than vagrants!! FerryFan
  • Score: -9

8:54pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ksmain says...

whatever66 wrote:
I have lived here 29 years the town has always had this problem and as usual they up the police during the summer to rid the town centre of them they went on the rodwell trail out of the way but obviously the locals didn't like that either...... I don't bother going in to town no more due to the fact there are drunks in town all day long the only difference is these ones fall out of all the pubs how about having responsible drinking times where the pubs actually close instead of being open all day long why don't the police walk around the town with drug dogs and that way they can to two jobs at once
I was born here 51 years ago, and closing the pubs earlier or at a set time (like they used to) will not relieve the problem. These same people will just drink quicker and all pile out of the pubs at the same time causing mayhem - like they used to. Really, like Magaluf, etc - the pubs ought to be refusing to serve these people, rather than have someone else do it for them.

Also don't you think it is kind of unfair on the rest of us law-abiding citizens to have the option of all day drinking?
[quote][p][bold]whatever66[/bold] wrote: I have lived here 29 years the town has always had this problem and as usual they up the police during the summer to rid the town centre of them they went on the rodwell trail out of the way but obviously the locals didn't like that either...... I don't bother going in to town no more due to the fact there are drunks in town all day long the only difference is these ones fall out of all the pubs how about having responsible drinking times where the pubs actually close instead of being open all day long why don't the police walk around the town with drug dogs and that way they can to two jobs at once[/p][/quote]I was born here 51 years ago, and closing the pubs earlier or at a set time (like they used to) will not relieve the problem. These same people will just drink quicker and all pile out of the pubs at the same time causing mayhem - like they used to. Really, like Magaluf, etc - the pubs ought to be refusing to serve these people, rather than have someone else do it for them. Also don't you think it is kind of unfair on the rest of us law-abiding citizens to have the option of all day drinking? ksmain
  • Score: 6

10:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

yar2007 says...

Sidney Hall wrote:
Get some more youth clubs open all nights of the week. Give the kids something challenging and constructive to do.
It's not the youths. It's the homeless smack heads and drunks on benefits carrying knives. No wonder the police don't want to deal with them. No point of a police force if they are powerless to uphold the law
[quote][p][bold]Sidney Hall[/bold] wrote: Get some more youth clubs open all nights of the week. Give the kids something challenging and constructive to do.[/p][/quote]It's not the youths. It's the homeless smack heads and drunks on benefits carrying knives. No wonder the police don't want to deal with them. No point of a police force if they are powerless to uphold the law yar2007
  • Score: 9

10:26am Wed 6 Aug 14

antoinne says...

Why step patrols for just two weeks.Surely they will return shortly afterwards-very strange!
Why step patrols for just two weeks.Surely they will return shortly afterwards-very strange! antoinne
  • Score: 5

11:17am Wed 6 Aug 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Nothing to do with story apart from some national daily papers carried the picture of the poppy explosion at Bovington Camp to commemorate World WAR 1 and yet apart from small picture inside the Echo the headline was WAR on Drunks!!!
How could the local Dorset paper not think that events at Bovington in Dorset was less front page newsworthy than DRUNKS????
Nothing to do with story apart from some national daily papers carried the picture of the poppy explosion at Bovington Camp to commemorate World WAR 1 and yet apart from small picture inside the Echo the headline was WAR on Drunks!!! How could the local Dorset paper not think that events at Bovington in Dorset was less front page newsworthy than DRUNKS???? Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Fri 15 Aug 14

voiceof says...

All they need to do is get some plain clothes guys to wander round the park district. I saw a drug deal take place right in front of me walking up Crescent St the other day, just totally blatant no attempt to conceal what was going on, and that's not the first time I've seen it happen. I was even approached and asked if I'd like to buy "some weed" by a guy walking along Derby Street a year or so ago!
All they need to do is get some plain clothes guys to wander round the park district. I saw a drug deal take place right in front of me walking up Crescent St the other day, just totally blatant no attempt to conceal what was going on, and that's not the first time I've seen it happen. I was even approached and asked if I'd like to buy "some weed" by a guy walking along Derby Street a year or so ago! voiceof
  • Score: 0

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