Sixteen people were arrested and a further 15 were issued with dispersal orders as part of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre.
The operation, which was led by Leicestershire Police in partnership with a number of other agencies, also resulted in 17 people being referred to specialist homelessness and drug addiction services.
Operation Young saw teams engage with city centre communities and businesses before officers were deployed across the city centre to address antisocial behaviour and street lifestyle incidents over a four-day period.
Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are able to issue dispersal orders to anyone engaging in antisocial behaviour, crime and disorder. Dispersal orders can be issued not only when incidents have occurred or are occurring, but when they are likely to occur and in any locality.
Of the 16 arrests:
– Five were for recall to prison
– Five were for those wanted on warrant
– Two were for possession of drugs with intent to supply
– Two were for breach of Section 35 disposal orders
– One for obstructing a police officer
– One for going equipped for theft
Officers also issued 13 begging warnings and carried out seven stop and searches.
Alcohol was also seized from four people, while a knife was recovered and person who had been reported missing was found.
The teams also made one medical intervention for someone who had taken a drug overdose during Op Young, which ran from 6 to 10 June.
Inspector Manjit Atwal, NPA Commander for Central Leicester, said: “This was an operation that took place over a number of days and which not only saw our teams tackle antisocial behaviour, but provide those in need of support from other agencies with the help they need.
“I’d like to thank our partner agencies for their help and assistance during Operation Young.
“My team were assisted by partners from Leicester City Council’s community safety, housing and outreach teams as well as Mayfield House Hostel, Turning Point and British Transport Police.
“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Central NPA team, PC Matt Rowlatt from our Drugs Intervention Programme, officers in our patrol and resolution teams, volunteers and special constables for their hard work in this operation.
“If you have any questions, concerns or just want to speak to officers then then you can do so at our Beat Bus, which is currently in the city centre.”
Chief Superintendent Andy Lee, the force’s Local Policing Directorate commander, added: “Thank you to all our officers, PCSOs, volunteers and partners from other agencies for their help in tackling antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre and therefore making Op Young a success.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News