Operation Fruition hits the streets of Glastonbury
By glastopeep | Saturday, January 29, 2011, 00:32
Avon and Somerset Police have recently undertaken a new Operation, named Fruition in order to tackle antisocial behaviour in Glastonbury. The aim is to tackle anti-social behaviour as and when it happens and prevent it from continuing or escalating.
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Glastonbury has long suffered from anti-social behaviour problems which seem to manifest themselves in several key areas, for example the Tor sports area, the Market Cross, Benedict Street and Northload Street, particularly at the weekends, so alongside evidence being gathered by CCTV, the police are stepping up their patrols around the town with particular attention being paid to these hotspots and are charging people and handing out on the spot fines to those who commit offences.
One of the major problem areas that has long been a cause for concern in Glastonbury is that of the consumption of alcohol on the town’s streets, which is off-putting for tourists and a nuisance for the inhabitants of the town, and as a result stores that sell super strength lager and cider, have been asked to co-operate in marking the cans they sell with a permanent marker that will show from where alcohol is being purchased, as it appears that in particular the street drinkers buy alcohol very early on and are already intoxicated at the beginning of the day.
A Community Contact vehicle is also being parked in town, so that concerned residents of the town can stop by and discuss the issues with the police.
Have you noticed the increase police presence on the streets of Glastonbury in the past few weeks? If so do you think it is having a positive effect. Let us know below.