Police to tackle yobbish behaviour over summer

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POLICE in Stowmarket are tackling anti-social behaviour this summer after a public outcry about problems in the town.

A public meeting was held in May after numerous complaints from residents living near the Recreation Ground, in Recreation Road, who had suffered months of anti-social behaviour, noise and littering.

Stowmarket safer neighbour-hood team have now made anti-social behaviour at the site a top priority to tackle during the summer months.

The team started last Friday with Operation Staysafe to tackle underage drinking in the town.

Police officers and partners, including Suffolk Youth Support Service and substance misuse workers from the Matthew Project, took part in the operation to ensure young people were safe while celebrating the end of the school year.

The operation was designed to educate young people and combat underage drinking, drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Police patrolled the streets to identify young people who were drunk, in possession of drugs or alcohol, or vulnerable in other ways. Alcohol was seized, parents were called and the young people were checked out by paramedics.

A 24-year-old man from Stowmarket was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.