Police are trying to crack down on daytime drinkers who have been ‘hurling abuse’ at passers by in the grounds of a Rugby church.
Several groups of men have been spotted drinking alcohol on the benches in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, in Church Street, over the last few weeks.
They should enforce the rules and clear this problem up - it’s just not onConcerned Rugby resident
A Rugby resident, who did not wish to be named, said his daughter was intimidated as they passed a group of intoxicated men on a bench last Tuesday.
“They were shouting and swearing at people as they walked past and clearly didn’t care about anyone but themselves - it needs to be sorted out as soon as possible,” he said.
Police have erected a ‘no drinking’ sign which states offenders will be prosecuted and could face a fine of £500.
“They should enforce the rules and clear this problem up - it’s just not on,” the resident said.
“If a police officer sat in the park for a day and took the details of the people drinking then it would solve it immediately as £500 is a lot of money to someone drinking on a park bench in the day time - they wouldn’t dare do it again,” he said.
The police are working with the council to trim the hedges and bushes in the grounds to prevent people from ‘hiding’ while consuming alcohol.
Rebecca Bailey, Safer Neighbourhood Team Beat Manager for Rugby town centre, said officers were aware of the issue and were working on a number of strategies to tackle it.
“During the warmer months there is an increase in the usage of this area by all members of our community,” she said.
“There are various tasks conducted on a daily basis, such as high visibility patrols by both police officers and police community support officers, utilising powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, to deter offending behaviour.
“Signs are being made more visible, thus giving a clear indication to members of the public of the legislation.”
PC Bailey said she was also conducting licensing checks and prosecuting those found to be committing offences.
She is currently liaising with the council to instigate a Public Space Protection Order.
This would identify the church grounds as an area that is experiencing detrimental activities that are effecting the quality of life of the people nearby.
The order would restrict certain activities in the area, such as consuming alcohol, and would provide better protection for visitors and the church grounds.
Go to www.warwickshire.police.uk for more information.