A FOOTBALL style "booking" system has helped cut violent crime in Camberley town centre, police claim.

During the past month police officers have been dishing out yellow and red cards to anyone causing a nuisance in the streets.

Troublemakers receive a yellow card if they are caught swearing or urinating in the street.

Their details are recorded, and if they are stopped again, it's a red card offence which could lead to a court appearance.

By the end of last month nine yellow cards and five red cards had been handed out, leading to a 52 per cent reduction in violent crime.

Inspector Martin Goodwin, of Surrey Heath police, described the drop in violent crime as "significant".

But he warned that his officers would not be complacent, and that they would continue to target habitual offenders in the town centre.

"Camberley is a safe place to visit and initiatives of this kind can only help to create a better environment for the whole community," he said

Insp Goodwin hoped that those intent on causing trouble would get the message that "we will not tolerate bad behaviour".