Underage drinkers in Halifax were removed from venues in the town centre as part of a proactive operation to tackle and prevent crime.
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The operation formed part of Calderdale Police’s commitment to keeping communities and visitors to the district safe, as part of the town’s Purple Flag status.
Twenty-six police officers – including plain clothes officers - patrolled the town centre on Saturday night, alongside a police drugs’ dog, wardens from Calderdale Council and licencing officers.
Officers also offered advice to revellers around staying safe while out at night.
Eight venues were visited by officers and a number of people were removed from venues for being underage and using fake documents, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and licence checks were carried out at venues and with door staff.
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Halifax Town Centre Inspector Pam Quinn said: “Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors to Halifax town centre, and Halifax remains very much a safe place to enjoy a night out.
“Operations such as the weekend’s enforcement activity highlight the work ongoing by the Force and partners in minimising crime and keeping the number of incidents involving the emergency services to a minimum.
“We are proud of our Purple Flag status, and continue to work alongside Calderdale Council and other organisations, such as the Halifax Street Angels and Bus Oasis, to combat any problems which may arise in the town centre.”
Halifax was the first place in West Yorkshire to be awarded the Purple Flag status, which recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night-time economy.
Sergeant Ben Doughty, who led the operation on Saturday, said: “A key element to this operation was deterring crime, and through our visible and covert policing presence, we were able to disrupt potential criminal activity in the town centre.
"We continue to work alongside partners to ensure there is an integrated approach to preventing crime in Halifax, with officers from the police and council both engaging with the community to understand and act on concerns they raise.”
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