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Support for crackdown in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 09:49 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

PLANS to bring in new laws to crack down on alcohol-fuelled disorder in public places around Lowestoft have received strong support from nearly 900 residents and businesses.

PLANS to bring in new laws to crack down on alcohol-fuelled disorder in public places around Lowestoft have received strong support from nearly 900 residents and businesses.

Waveney District Council is seeking to introduce a new order giving police the power to confiscate alcohol and prosecute troublemakers who refuse to stop drinking in streets round the town centre, Kirkley and Oulton Broad.

The proposals for a designated public place order (DPPO) this week cleared another hurdle after a key council committee gave its approval.

It follows a wide-ranging public consultation exercise by the police and council, carried out between August and October, where 897 people and businesses give their backing to the plans. Just two people came out in opposition.

The council's community safety, health and well-being scrutiny sub-committee has now endorsed the proposals, which will next go before the cabinet and then full council for a final decision.

Mary Rudd, Waveney District Council's portfolio holder for community safety, said: “The residents, visitors and businesses of Lowestoft should be able to enjoy the benefits of a vibrant town centre, seafront and surrounding area without having to endure the disorder caused by anti-social behaviour of those intoxicated by alcohol.

“A DPPO would be a valuable addition to our armoury as we seek to deal with the problems of alcohol-related disorder and anti-social behaviour in these areas.

“This order already has the support of the police and the community safety partnership, and we are pleased to see that the public, businesses and stakeholders are also behind it.”

If given final approval, the order would be implemented in the Kirkley and Harbour wards, and an area of Oulton Broad including Bridge Road, The Boulevard and Nicholas Everitt Park.

The order means that if a person continues to drink in public when asked not to do so by an officer they may be arrested and fined £500 if convicted.

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