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Northampton pioneers ankle-tagging to combat alcohol crime

Northamptonshire Police has become the first force in the country to introduce electronic tagging for offenders with drink problems.

Alcohol related crime costs the country millions of pounds every year. In a bid to tackle the problem, officers have begun offering to secure alcohol detection ankle tags to people who have commited an offence while drunk.

The tags work by automatically sampling a person's perspiration at regular intervals, to make sure they're staying sober.

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Co-op calls time on super-strength alcohol

High-alcohol content drinks are to be removed from sale Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Co-op will announce today it is to end the sale of super strength beer, lager and cider in all of its stores in a bid to curb drink-related anti-social behaviour.

The announcement follows a successful trial in Suffolk last year.

According to Suffolk Police, the trial scheme led to a near 50% drop in drink-related street crime.

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Success of scheme to cut sales of super strength drink

Super strength alcohol drinks on sale Credit: ITV Anglia

A scheme to remove cheap super strength alcohol from sale in Suffolk stores has been hailed a success after a fall in reports of street drinking. The voluntary scheme started in Suffolk six months ago and Police say it's led to a near 50% drop in drink-related street crime.

Suffolk Police say they have been contacted by Norfolk and Essex forces about the initiative.

Council considers booze ban

Councillors to consider early morning booze ban Credit: Press Association

Councillors in Northampton are to consider whether to introduce a ban on licensed premises selling booze in the early hours of the morning.

The policy would restrict the sale of alcohol between midnight and 6am in areas where it is considered that there are alcohol related crime and disorder issues.

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