Police officers are trying to stamp out booze-fuelled crime… by meeting members of the public in an off-licence.Police officers?
What police officers?
PCSOs Islamiat Onigbanjo and Lorraine Entwhistle are holding public surgeries at Bargain Booze in Whitworth Road in response to complaints about drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour in Shawclough and Healey.PCSOs are NOT ‘police officers’. Can we have some accuracy here?
PCSO Onigbanjo said: "We could go to other places to hold the surgeries like church halls or community centres.I’m saying nothing!
"But on the beat that we're covering one of the main issues is youths causing annoyance because of booze.
"So we thought what if we take the mountain to Mohammed?
"The first time we held a surgery there a lot of youths got a big surprise.If you really were listening to what they were saying, you’d have resigned, to be replaced by a real police officer…
"When they came into the store the staff automatically requested ID, if they didn't have it they had to go elsewhere.
"It's to show residents that we are listening to what they're saying."