Police patrol Clay Cross

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POLICE patrols are to be stepped up in Clay Cross to tackle anti-social behaviour and violent crime.

Officers will be visiting areas around the town’s pubs and trouble hotspots to clamp down on underage drinking and alcohol-related offences.

There will be an increased police presence on Friday and Saturday nights, particularly around pub closing times.

PC Adam Bryan of the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The operation has been set up to tackle issues in the area including criminal damage, violence and anti-social behaviour.

“Many of these issues are alcohol-related and are more likely to take place at the weekend so we plan to have a high visibility presence in the area to deter troublemakers and reassure those people having a quiet evening out.”