Troublespots targeted by police in liquor blitz

It might pay to go easy on the eggnog this weekend because police will be out in force as part of an operation targeting alcohol abuse.

Operation Unite is a nationwide programme to challenge alcohol-related crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.

Extra police will be working in Marlborough as part of the operation, which starts today and finishes on Sunday morning.

Police will be walking around known troublespots in Blenheim and will also be organising alcohol checkpoints and checking licensed premises.

Tasman police district prevention manager, Inspector Brian McGurk, said police in the top of the south dealt with about 3500 alcohol-related incidents every year; 79 per cent of those involved disorder.

December and January were the busiest months for alcohol-related offending.

Most was committed in public places, usually near licensed premises, he said.

The Marlborough Express