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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2004, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Drinkers' 'clean-up' ultimatum
Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom
The police are being "clapped" in the street says chief constable Richard Brunstrom
North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom says a crackdown on revellers who urinate in the streets of Wrexham is already proving popular with the general public.

Offending drinkers can expect to be handed buckets and brooms to clean up the mess in the new campaign.

Mr Brunstrom told tourism officials that the idea has proved hugely popular with the community and was been much-needed.

People who foul the footpaths are given a choice - either clean-up or face being arrested.

"We're literally getting clapped in the street because at last someone is doing something about it," said the chief constable.

The scheme has operated in Wrexham for the last three weekends on Friday and Saturday nights.

Offenders are given buckets and brooms and, in front of their friendss, are told to clean up - or else.

The message to club and pub-goers is if they take the humiliation they won't get arrested, said Mr Brunstrom.

Proper facilities

In the three weeks it has been operating 52 people had been given the choice and only three had refused.

Not all of those found committing the act were men - something Mr Brunstrom said he had not encountered when working in Manchester.

He told representatives of the holiday trade at the annual meeting of North Wales Tourism at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, that there was also a responsibility on local councils to provide proper facilities such as toilets at night.

He also said litter bins should also be emptied so there is no excuse to toss chip papers into the street.

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