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Cops get tough in town centre.

POLICE are today rolling out Operation Juggernaut to tackle alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and shoplifting in Gateshead town centre.

Officers will be highly visible stopping troublemakers in their tracks and providing a reassuring presence for shoppers and businesses.

The Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team has developed Operation Juggernaut after residents expressed concerns about people drinking in the streets and the associated behaviour it creates. The team will also be tackling shoplifters by completing store walk-throughs, working with shop managers and targeting known offenders.

Acting Insp Karl Wilson said: "We are taking a tough stance in tackling anti-social behaviour and shoplifting. Operation Juggernaut will see extra patrols carried out in the town centre, with police stopping and speaking to offenders, using powers to move them on and providing reassurance to local people."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2011
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