VAL to sort out drunks and troublemakers

POLICE in Buxton have been making use of a new van which has been brought in to keep night time revellers in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales safe.

A Violence, Alcohol harm and Licensing (VAL) van is being deployed in town centres across the High Peak and Dales.

It is one of four vans purchased by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service which are being used across the county as part of its responsibility for safety at licensed premises.

Kitted out with both static and mobile CCTV cameras, the van provides officers with a mobile base to work from and aims to prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and violent crime.

It can also help police to detect offences by providing officers with footage which could be used as evidence.

And I thought the budgets were being cut? Obviously there must be a strong argument for buying vans and making redundancies – I just cann’t see it!

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