VIDEO: Cops boss answers your questions

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Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles was on walkabout in Ilkeston – and the ‘Tiser put some of your questions and concerns about policing to him.

Chris (@blocko1984) on Twitter asked why it was that every time he has a day off work ‘I still see people walking round drinking from beer/cider cans in the day?’

Derbyshire ppc Alan Charles walking around Ilkeston. labours candidate catherine Atkinson, Paul Opiah, Lina Opiah, cllr John Frudd and Alan Charles.

Derbyshire ppc Alan Charles walking around Ilkeston. labours candidate catherine Atkinson, Paul Opiah, Lina Opiah, cllr John Frudd and Alan Charles.

Mr Charles answered: “If the area he’s talking about has not got a specific order on it people can still drink alcohol in that area.”

But he said that if they are causing a nuisance police can confiscate their booze and move them on.

And Paul on Facebook asked about what police plan to do to stop off licences selling cigarettes to youngsters.

“I am also concerned that young people are often able to purchase these cigarettes with IOUs,” he said.

Mr Charles answered: “It’s totally unacceptable.

“If these shops are selling underage action needs to be taken.

“Please report it to Derbyshire County Council trading standards.”

Giles Farrand on Facebook asked in view of the Andrew Mitchell ‘plebgate’ scandal ‘can the police be trusted?’

“My answer to that is yes,” replied Mr Charles.

But he added: “The whole incident has been very regrettable for all sides.”

Alan Charles chatted to business owners and shoppers in Ilkeston.

Barbara Bredgaard asked Mr Charles why there aren’t as many police on the streets these days.

He said: “If someone wants to contact the police now what do we do? We use a mobile phone. Policing has changed – if you look at crime now there are less burglaries but more web-based crime.”