Essex: Police to tackle anti-social Christmas behaviour

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Essex: Police to tackle anti-social Christmas behaviour Essex: Police to tackle anti-social Christmas behaviour

Police will focus on Christmas parties and late night shopping events as they launch a seasonal operation to curb drunken and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Mistletoe will see Essex Police providing extra resources in town centres and out-of-town leisure sites over the Christmas period.

The operation will start today and continue through until the New Year.

Chief Supt Simon Williams, who is leading the operation, said: "History has shown that whilst the vast majority of people will go about their enjoyment of the season in a law-abiding way, there will be an element that will drink to excess and or behave in a disorderly manner.

"Operation Mistletoe will involve a number of objectives to ensure that we have sufficient resources available to deal with incidents effectively and efficiently.”

Police hope extra visible patrols in town centre and near pubs and clubs will help reassure the public.

Extra patrols and specialist units will provide high-visibility policing at key times in town centres and other pub and club areas and officers will engage and reassure the public.

Mr Williams said: "We want people to enjoy the festive season, but Operation Mistletoe will provide the extra resources to deal with those who drink to excess or pose a problem to themselves and others.

"We will definitely deal positively and quickly with anyone whose drunken or disruptive behaviour could ruin other people’s enjoyment of the Christmas period.”

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11:20am Mon 17 Dec 12

stevie,essex says...

What about the rest of the year and the anti-social acts of breaking & entry,assault, drink/drug driving, drug dealing,etc. Christmas comes but once a year for most of us, but it's all year round for this garbage.
What about the rest of the year and the anti-social acts of breaking & entry,assault, drink/drug driving, drug dealing,etc. Christmas comes but once a year for most of us, but it's all year round for this garbage. stevie,essex

1:24pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Mr Honest says...

I agree. Most people know not to risk drink driving around Christmas time but the rest of the year more people will take a chance. Drink Driving is an offence and should be enforced at the same level all year round.
I agree. Most people know not to risk drink driving around Christmas time but the rest of the year more people will take a chance. Drink Driving is an offence and should be enforced at the same level all year round. Mr Honest

2:49pm Mon 17 Dec 12

GreensteadResident says...

I agree with the previous comments.

It's about time the police started to root out the scum and the courts should be locking them up in hard labour prisons.

On Greenstead where I live the council seem to be afraid to do anything about the drug dealing and anti-social behaviour scum even when it's blatantly obvious what's going on.

Greenstead resembles an open prison yet the council wants us to pay full rent while lay about scum who are on benefits play their music to the highest level day and night and deal their drugs.

We want police back on the patrols and knocking down doors to shake up the scum.

We want to council to kick these scum of the estate and out of Colchester.

I trust this message is clear where I stand on things.
I agree with the previous comments. It's about time the police started to root out the scum and the courts should be locking them up in hard labour prisons. On Greenstead where I live the council seem to be afraid to do anything about the drug dealing and anti-social behaviour scum even when it's blatantly obvious what's going on. Greenstead resembles an open prison yet the council wants us to pay full rent while lay about scum who are on benefits play their music to the highest level day and night and deal their drugs. We want police back on the patrols and knocking down doors to shake up the scum. We want to council to kick these scum of the estate and out of Colchester. I trust this message is clear where I stand on things. GreensteadResident

3:35pm Mon 17 Dec 12

pawkafierce says...

In Dovercourt and Harwich we have no local police after 10.00 pm.
Shop owners are having their shops broken into, windows smashed and goods stolen.

TDC collect £76M in council tax. 9% of that is supposed to be spent on policing, so £6.8M of our money and they can't or won't police a small town like ours.


Times have changed and many folk now buy via the internet.
That's fine and we can't realistically expect customers to use local shops merely to keep them in business.

Local shops need to meet the needs of their customers. They need to develop excellent customer service that gets talked about. They need to target niche markets.

Apart from the difficulties most independent shops face trying to make a living in these difficult times a burglary can tip them over the edge.
If the high st disappears the cost will be far greater than just business owners going broke and joining the dole queue.

The social and community loss of seeing,meeting and chatting with others 'down the shops' will be gone.
Local shops are at the heart of the community, especially in small towns.

Please can we have some police support for our town. Trouble doesn't go away at 10.00pm each day.

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In Dovercourt and Harwich we have no local police after 10.00 pm. Shop owners are having their shops broken into, windows smashed and goods stolen. TDC collect £76M in council tax. 9% of that is supposed to be spent on policing, so £6.8M of our money and they can't or won't police a small town like ours. Times have changed and many folk now buy via the internet. That's fine and we can't realistically expect customers to use local shops merely to keep them in business. Local shops need to meet the needs of their customers. They need to develop excellent customer service that gets talked about. They need to target niche markets. Apart from the difficulties most independent shops face trying to make a living in these difficult times a burglary can tip them over the edge. If the high st disappears the cost will be far greater than just business owners going broke and joining the dole queue. The social and community loss of seeing,meeting and chatting with others 'down the shops' will be gone. Local shops are at the heart of the community, especially in small towns. Please can we have some police support for our town. Trouble doesn't go away at 10.00pm each day. . pawkafierce

3:53pm Mon 17 Dec 12

GreensteadResident says...

If the Police / councils can't or won't do the job what happens then?

I'm getting very afraid to step outside my door once it get's dark and I'm not the only one.
If the Police / councils can't or won't do the job what happens then? I'm getting very afraid to step outside my door once it get's dark and I'm not the only one. GreensteadResident

5:01pm Mon 17 Dec 12

howwhy says...

Mob rule!
Mob rule! howwhy

5:07pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Treeman1963 says...

What's a policeman?
What's a policeman? Treeman1963

5:08pm Mon 17 Dec 12

bloke down the pub says...

Not in Harwich your not !
Not in Harwich your not ! bloke down the pub

12:34pm Tue 18 Dec 12

icecoolmark says...

The police won't bother with things that take a brain to follow up, catching people in the town centre enjoying themselves is about as good as they get. Easy target, quick turnaround, quick fines paid. The thugs and criminal contingent in and around Colchester, (not just greenstead, you are not a special case) get away with paying fines etc because they know every loophole in the book. That's why the so called police chase easy targets, motorists and drunks. Please don't assume I mean drunken motorists, I definitely do not condone that!
The police won't bother with things that take a brain to follow up, catching people in the town centre enjoying themselves is about as good as they get. Easy target, quick turnaround, quick fines paid. The thugs and criminal contingent in and around Colchester, (not just greenstead, you are not a special case) get away with paying fines etc because they know every loophole in the book. That's why the so called police chase easy targets, motorists and drunks. Please don't assume I mean drunken motorists, I definitely do not condone that! icecoolmark

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