Police in purge on city bad behaviour

STEVE DOWNES Beggars and people drinking alcohol in public are among those targeted in a police purge on anti-social behaviour in a city centre troublespot. Police have also strip-searched people suspected of drug offences, arrested three people and handed out 10 fixed penalty notices in recent days in the area around Guildhall Hill in Norwich.

STEVE DOWNES

Beggars and people drinking alcohol in public are among those targeted in a police purge on anti-social behaviour in a city centre troublespot.

Police have also strip-searched people suspected of drug offences, arrested three people and handed out 10 fixed penalty notices in recent days in the area around Guildhall Hill in Norwich.

Warnings have been dished out to people begging, drinking and cycling in prohibited areas.

Insp Nick Cheshire warned: "A zero-tolerance approach will be taken against the small minority of people who think they have the right to spoil other people's quality of life."

He added: "We do have the power to strip-search people we suspect of being in possession of illegal substances."

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The purge was led by the city centre safer neighbourhoods team, which has also identified Chapelfield Gardens and Castle Gardens for high- visibility patrols and the distribution of acceptable behaviour guides.

The team's next public meeting is at 7pm on Monday at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich.

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