Booze seized from Sheffield city centre streets

Inspector Darren Starkey (L)
Inspector Darren Starkey (L)

Police are taking a tougher line on street drinking in Sheffield city centre.

More than 50 seizures of alcohol have been made in three weeks as part of the crackdown, which also led to persistent beggars being arrested.

The Sheffield Central Safer Neighbourhood Team launched the operation following complaints from city centre residents, businesses, students and visitors.

They spoke to beggars on 36 occasions and arrested two 20-year-old Romanian women.

Both first-time offenders were sent away with cautions.

A further three people were also arrested on suspicion of offences relating to criminal damage, being drunk and disorderly, and failure to appear at court.

South Yorkshire Police’s Acting Chief Inspector Darren Starkey said: “This time of year naturally sees an increase in street drinking and begging in the city centre and so plans were put in place to pro-actively target those causing a nuisance for members of the public visiting the city centre.

“We work closely with support agencies in Sheffield city centre to refer those with alcohol problems to deal with them so their behaviour does not affect others.”