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joining forces to stop teenage booze blight

A COMBINED effort between Shirley police and councillors has led to a massive drop in teenage boozers blighting the community.

A COMBINED effort between Shirley police and councillors has led to a massive drop in teenage boozers blighting the community.

An Alcohol Restriction Zone was enforced earlier this year on the trouble-ridden Baxters Green Estate. And neighbourhood police stepped up patrols to combat anti-social behaviour, such as drug taking and alcohol-related problems.

Sergeant Martin Williams of the Shirley Neighbourhood Team said: "Calls relating to alcohol nuisance have decreased dramatically and officers have made several on the spot seizures. Pre alcohol restriction it was a hard core of local youths that were causing the most problems and the restriction has solved that problem 100 per cent."

Over the summer up to 20 on the spot seizures were carried out by officers and phone calls from concerned residents had stopped.

Also as a result of increased patrols, local youth Corey Delaney, aged 19, was found in possession of a small quantity of cocaine and appeared before Solihull Magistrates Court on August 12, where he was fined £240 plus £60 costs.

Sgt Williams said: "This has hopefully sent out a stern massage to the local youths.

Coun Andy Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) said the initiative had seen positive changes in the neighbour-hood: "Officers have been doing a lot of work in the area for some months now and it's coming to fruition."

He also said feedback from residents had been very useful in providing updates on the situation.

 

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