Bradford shop owner says public drinking is costing him customers (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford shop owner says public drinking is costing him customers
A Bradford jewellery shop boss has criticised police for failing to remove street drinkers, which he claims are harming his business.
Police had told how the number of nuisance drinkers in City Park had been cut , and reflected a wider trend of falling crime across the city centre.
But Jeff Frankel, who owns Sydney’s the Jewellers, in Rawson Road, said: “It may apply to City Park, but it doesn’t apply to those of us at this end of town.
“We are still getting the drinkers. They come and sit on the bench in the square near our shop and just drink. They are obviously drunk, but nothing is done. All we get is platitudes.”
Mr Frankel, a former chairman of the Bradford Retail Action Group, said: “I do have a lot of customers who are put off by them. It’s a real problem and I am losing business because of it.”
Inspector Vicky Lawrance, of the City Neighbourhood Policing Team, had said that two officers were in City Park between 3.30pm and 9.30pm each day and “under no circumstances” were taken away.
But Mr Frankel said PCSOs, and not regular police officers, were sent to their area of the city, and he said they did not have the powers to remove alcohol from the drinkers.
He said: “It’s not true that things are getting better. I would like to see the police get rid of the problem by coming down and dissuading these people from coming to the area.
“!I would like to see them arrested, but the police say they do not have the resources or the grounds to do so. I am desperate because we are not getting anywhere.”
Inspector Vicky Lawrance of the City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “City NPT officers are aware of the issues affecting the local retailers in Rawson Square, have historically responded to all such complaints and taken appropriate action on attendance.
“More recently, the team has facilitated the use of the City Centre Beat network to assist in swifter communication between retailers and police. We continue to use CCTV cameras to obtain evidence of any offences that may be committed and utilise alcohol confiscation powers, directions to leave and anti-social behaviour orders whenever there is evidence to support such tactics. Between April 2008 and March of this year, the City Team has reduced alcohol-related crime by 66 per cent and offences of drunk and disorderly have decreased by 54 per cent.”
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