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New plan to stop anti-social drinkers

PUBLISHED: 12:36 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:25 05 July 2010

NEW powers and restrictions on drinking in public places could be unveiled as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

The Journal can today reveal that a Suffolk Police and Waveney District Council scheme could come into force as designated alcohol areas are introduced in Lowestoft.

NEW powers and restrictions on drinking in public places could be unveiled as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

The Journal can today reveal that a Suffolk Police and Waveney District Council scheme could come into force as designated alcohol areas are introduced in Lowestoft.

Sweeping moves to prevent anti-social behaviour could potentially hit drinkers in the pocket as a specific alcohol designation area for the seafront is established.

The new police powers could lead to people being asked to stop drinking, to hand over their alcohol which would be poured away or arrest anyone who does not comply with the regulations - with fines of up to £500.

The order is not a “blanket ban” on drinking alcohol in public but if given the go-ahead at council level would tackle anti social behaviour, including nuisance and annoyance to others, and disorder by individuals or groups.

Suffolk Police spokesperson Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal: “We are getting various views together and putting a report to the council.

“It is a long process, but the scheme is still ongoing and as part of the consultation we still want people's views on it. This is not a blanket ban on drinking alcohol in public but it's another tool for us if people cause anti-social behaviour as it gives us more powers.”

Julie Fitzgerald, communications officer for Waveney District Council, said: “This is a scheme being looked at by the police to enable them to exercise more control over persons who are not necessarily drunk, but could be causing problems through drink in the town. It is about control and not a ban,” she added.

In Suffolk, both Felixstowe and Woodbridge have designated alcohol areas where police can take action against drinkers if they act in an anti-social manner.

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