SWINDON police say they are disappointed that they were called out to nearly 90 alcohol-related incidents in Swindon last week.

It resulted in 39 people being arrested for offences such as actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, breach of the peace, being drunk and disorderly, criminal damage and affray.

From Monday, July 24, a total of 198 alcohol-related incidents were reported across the county, leading to 96 arrests.

The arrests are part of Wiltshire police's Operation XS which deals with alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

Assistant chief constable Peter Vaughan, said: "Despite the efforts of police officers, community support officers, members of the special constabulary and police staff in tackling alcohol-fuelled crime head-on, the results continue to be disappointing.

"We've seen record temperatures in recent weeks and also record numbers of incidents and arrests. Whilst the hot weather may have been oppressive, it can never be a justification for this type of activity.

"Since the beginning of Operation XS campaign, some 700 individuals have been arrested for alcohol-related disorder.

"Depending on your perspective, some may view this as a success because of our high-profile activity, and in many ways it is. But real success will only be achieved when people are able to go about their normal activities without being abused, threatened, assaulted or intimidated by a minority."

To report an incident call Swindon police on 0845 408 7000.