Military police are to help ordinary uniformed police crack down on drunken behaviour in up to 20 towns and cities near army barracks. The Redcaps have already been deployed as an experiment in Royston, Hertfordshire, and their patrols were judged a success. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the presence of unarmed troops was likely to deter bad behaviour. But Liberty, the civil rights organisation, expressed concern over the move and shadow Home Secretary David Davis said the "gimmick" would not solve the problem of yob culture. More than 230 towns and cities have been listed for special police measures this summer as part of a zero-tolerance policy towards under-age drinking, alcohol-related violence and drug-taking. The Sunday Telegraph 19/06/05 page 1