Alcohol-related crime is to be put at the top of the agenda of a special 'roving' West Midlands Police operation targeting violent criminals and robbers.

Operation Strikeout will see a 100-strong mobile task force spearheading a clampdown which will also focus on repeat offenders who are responsible for 30 per cent of all robbery and violent crime in the region.

Officers will also be drawing up a new plan to help cut alcohol-related disorder.

Police are considering naming and shaming venues which sell alcohol to revellers who have already had too much to drink.

Off-licences and alcohol retailers will come under scrutiny as part of the new initiative which also involves a publicity campaign aimed at raising awareness of the problems associated with binge drinking.

Posters carrying the message 'How are you getting home?' will be put up across entertainment districts in the West Midlands.

The special task force will carry out day-to-day operations throughout the region during September.

Strikeout 'people carriers' will be used to transport officers to hotspot areas during the crackdown.

Officers will also meet magistrates and licensees to press home the zero tolerance message for anyone arrested during the initiative.

Police will also work with bus companies to help protect children returning to school after the summer holidays who may be at risk from thieves targeting the latest electronic gadgets, like iPods and mobile phones.

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said the extra 100 officers were being drafted in to help colleagues in specific areas in the West Midlands that were at risk of rising crime.

He said: "Officers will be used by local commanders to help undertake targeted operations in particular areas with the aim of deterring criminal activity and reassuring the public.

"We want to make sure those people committing crime know the police are out to get them and if they do commit crime they will get caught.

"We also want to reassure the public that we are out there tackling robberies and violent crime. These are the areas that the public have the most concern over.

"This is about bringing together all of our resources in some very specific areas which may suffer from these particular types of incidents."

Officers are to launch special 'Strikeout court days' where offenders arrested during the campaign will face local magistrates who have been briefed on the initiative, its aims and objectives.

The force's forensic scientists and laboratories will also give 'Strikeout' priority during the month-long operation.

Among areas to be targeted are Birmingham's inner city and residential areas around Stechford that have seen rises in street crime.

A similar operation in April resulted in a five per cent fall in crime in the areas it covered and police said new Strikeout initiatives could be launched in the next few months.