PUBLISHED: 09:11 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010
POLICE confiscated a substantial amount" of booze and made two arrests during a targeted operation in Honiton last weekend. Twenty officers were deployed on foot patrol in the town during a two-night blitz on under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour.
POLICE confiscated a "substantial amount" of booze and made two arrests during a targeted operation in Honiton last weekend.Twenty officers were deployed on foot patrol in the town during a two-night blitz on under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour.The operation ran from 4pm to 2am overnight on Friday and Saturday and has been hailed a great success.Members of the public had requested action through the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) process.Sergeant John Gait, Neighbourhood Team Leader in Honiton, told the Herald: "Over the two nights, a total of twenty officers were deployed on foot patrol around the town. "We concentrated on alcohol-related crimes and anti-social behaviour. "During the weekend in excess of 40 youths were stopped, two arrests were made and substantial amounts of alcohol seized. "Over the weekend we had no reported crimes of the associated crime type - this proves how successful such targeted operations are. "It also demonstrated how well the PACT process is working, as it allowed us to concentrate resources on areas that had been recently highlighted to us by the public. "Our operation has reinforced the message, to the small minority of youths that engage in such behaviour, that neither the police nor the wider community will accept anti-social behaviour in our town." Sergeant Gait added: "I hope the public feel reassured by such operations and continue to support us and the efforts we are making to tackle the problems that matter to them. "I welcome further engagement with the people of Honiton and can assure them that when they highlight problems to my team they will be swiftly dealt with to the best of our ability.