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Checks to cut night-time disorder

Hand-held metal detector
The hand-held detectors are one of a range of safety initiatives

Metal detection wands are being used to search clubbers and pub-goers in Darlington for hidden weapons in a bid to reduce crime and disorder.

Drug dogs will also search revellers for drugs.

Poly-carbonate "glasses", which are harder to break than normal glass, are also being introduced at some premises.

The measures are part of Darlington Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership's Calling Time on Violent Crime campaign.

The town's neighbourhood policing unit has been linked with 44 licensed premises using digital radios, to allow officers to respond more quickly if problems arise.

Officers have also been holding regular briefings at Catterick Garrison with new recruits to explain what is considered acceptable behaviour in Darlington and what happens if they break the law.

Chief Superintendent Carole Thompson, chair of the partnership, said: "We've already introduced taxi marshals at ranks in the town, which have helped reduce violent crimes being committed at night in the town centre.

"Now these new preventative measures will complete the range of initiatives aimed at making the town centre somewhere where everyone can enjoy themselves, sensibly and safely."


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