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Booze crackdown could be widened

PUBLISHED: 10:33 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 05 July 2010

New measures to crack down on alcohol-fuelled disorder in parts of Lowestoft could be extended across the whole of Waveney, if they prove successful.

A new order giving police the powers to confiscate alcohol and prosecute troublemakers, who refuse to stop drinking in designated streets, are due to come into force on March 1.

New measures to crack down on alcohol-fuelled disorder in parts of Lowestoft could be extended across the whole of Waveney, if they prove successful.

A new order giving police the powers to confiscate alcohol and prosecute troublemakers, who refuse to stop drinking in designated streets, are due to come into force on March 1.

They will initially cover the town centre, seafront and parts of Oulton Broad, but councillors have insisted the impact of alcohol-related trouble is more widespread.

There was unanimous support for the introduction of Designated Public Place Orders (DPPO) during a meeting of Waveney District Council, but several councillors said other areas should be included.

Council leader Mark Bee revealed the orders could be extended across Waveney once their impact on the designated areas has been reviewed.

Recalling a time when out on late night operations with the police, he added: “Between 10am and 3pm, it was a war zone. It does not reflect well on the community and our young people. We must support the police.”

Mr Bee said the decision to introduce the DPPO scheme in parts of Lowestoft had only been taken after widespread consultation and that to try to implement them elsewhere would lead to a delay in its introduction.

Fellow councillor Stephen Ardley also spent time on police operations and said of the new scheme: “It is long overdue. It is going to give the streets back to the public.

“All the offences the police dealt with that night were drink-related.”

Lib Dem group leader Andrew Shepherd said he first proposed such a scheme eight years ago and said there should be a review after six months.

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