THE number of incidents of violent crime in licensed premises in Hyndburn has been almost halved thanks to Operation Summer Nights.
The police campaign, which runs to the end of August, aims to prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour with a focus on alcohol-related disorder.
Figures for Accrington and the surrounding district show incidents of violence in pubs and clubs have fallen by 40 per cent with overall violence figures falling by 14 per cent.
But criminal damage has risen by over 10 per cent compared with the same period the previous year.
Sergeant Allen Davies, of Accrington Police, said: "We are pleased with the significant reduction and I am sure this can be attributed to the success of Operation Summer Nights. A key element of the operation is to identify problem areas and target trouble hotspots.
"We have focused police attention on the issue of violence and drink-related crime but I would still appeal for members of the public to provide information about criminal damage incidents as they are harder to target and tend to be sporadic."
Following its launch in May the operation was closely linked to the World Cup, with officers expecting a significant increase in anti-social behaviour among people watching the games in pubs.
Police have been trying to get across the message of moderate drinking and have been delivering Drink Sensibly beer mats to pubs in the area.
Community beat managers and support officers have also been visiting schools to spread their message on drink, drugs and crime.
Sergeant Davies added: "When Operation Summer Nights comes to an end next month we will be running another initiative to carry on the good work of the operation."