Police target drinkers

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POLICE in Barnsley town centre have agreed to tackle street drinking in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

It was set as a policing priority at a meeting of Barnsley Voice – a partnership of agencies and organisations set up to improve the way of life in the town.

Members said they hoped the crackdown would result in a reduction in alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

The last issue police agreed to tackle at the request of Barnsley Voice was swearing in the street, where officers agreed to fine offenders £80 if their language intimidated, harassed or threatened others.

The one-month crackdown was aimed at making residents and visitors feel safer in Barnsley and it was hoped more people might be encouraged to visit.