As employees of a police force we eat, sleep and breathe law and order, so when people flout these laws, these rules and regulations that are put in place to keep you safe, there will be repercussions.
In the town centre in recent weeks we have found a number of people unwilling to abide by even the most simplest of rules.
We have the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street and Bridge Place for a reason - to keep those working, shopping and socialising in the town centre safe from vehicles. This includes bicycles.
We have been appalled by the number of cyclists who ignore the very visible signs and are then aggressive towards us when we pull them up. If you are caught cycling in this area you could face a ticket and £30 fine.
There is also a problematic few who continue to drink alcohol in the banned zone. We started by asking those with open cans or bottles to discard them, but this approach does not appear to be working. We are now being forced to play hard ball and not only take the open drinks containers but all other alcohol the person may be carrying. That could be a substantial amount of money down the drain.Public drinking and associated drunken behaviour is damaging to the reputation of Worksop and will not be tolerated.
From mid-April we are changing the way we police the beats in West Bassetlaw, by splitting each team into two separate shift patterns. This means you will see uniformed cops on patrol more regularly.