Police crackdown a success

A POLICE initiative to clamp down on violent and anti-social behaviour in a seaside town has been hailed a success.Officers in Clacton launched Operation Jute during the summer and extended it into the autumn after it helped make the town centre a safer place.

By Annie Davidson

A POLICE initiative to clamp down on violent and anti-social behaviour in a seaside town has been hailed a success.

Officers in Clacton launched Operation Jute during the summer and extended it into the autumn after it helped make the town centre a safer place.

Police officers, aided by Community Support Officers, went into Clacton town centre on foot between 10pm and 4am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


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They used town link radios to communicate with pubs, clubs and door staff to pinpoint trouble spots and were also aided by CCTV.

Operation Jute aimed to make to prevent and detect crime in the town, particularly public order offences.

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The scheme resulted in 49 arrests for offences including assault, public order, criminal damage and robbery. During the operation, arrests were made on 81% of reported violent offences.

Inspector Paul Butcher said: “Operation Jute was aimed at public reassurance.

“We have received a great deal of positive feedback from members of the public, licensees, door staff, taxi drivers and café owners who told us they felt safer as a result of our presence.

“The operation also made offenders more fearful of getting caught as officers were working in partnership with door staff and the CCTV cameras.

“This enabled us to get to the scene of a crime very quickly.

“The operation was led by the problem solving team at Clacton and the results are a credit to the enthusiasm and hard work of the officers and community support officers who bravely dealt with drunk and violent people.”

Operation Jute was a seasonal campaign aimed at coping with the town's influx of visitors, but police will continue to patrol the town centre during the busy night-time periods on Friday and Saturdays.

Police will be launching their Christmas Cracker campaign in the town centre on December 6. Details of this year's operation have yet to be released. Previous years' Christmas Cracker campaigns have targeted anti social behaviour in the town centre, including shoplifters, pickpockets, drunks and beggars.

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