Police out on patrol in Chesterfield crime hotspot - SEE VIDEO

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A crackdown on crime has been launched in Chesterfield town centre.

The Derbyshire Times joined the town’s safer neighbourhood team on patrol - after complaints about drug-takers, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour.

NDET 13-9-12 TW 2 Town centre team dealing with antisocial behaviour PC Beth Blunt   with drug taking evidence

NDET 13-9-12 TW 2 Town centre team dealing with antisocial behaviour PC Beth Blunt with drug taking evidence

A dispersal order came in to force on September 7 - giving police new powers to break up gangs and target louts in the West Bars area.

Officers have received persistent calls about problems in Beetwell Street, the market place and shops in the area.

Street cleaners also gathered 150 hypodermic needles in one week.

Reporter Julia Rodgerson and photographer Terry Walden took a tour of the notorious trouble spots with Sgt Nick Booth, PC Stuart Wilson and PC Beth Blunt.

NDET 13-9-12 TW 2 Town centre team dealing with antisocial behaviour PC Stuart Wilson & Sgt.Nick Booth with drug taking evidence

NDET 13-9-12 TW 2 Town centre team dealing with antisocial behaviour PC Stuart Wilson & Sgt.Nick Booth with drug taking evidence

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