Crackdown on Bournemouth’s anti-social street drinking as councillors consider entire town as 'enforcement zone' (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Crackdown on Bournemouth’s anti-social street drinking as councillors consider entire town as 'enforcement zone'
A CRACKDOWN on anti-social street drinking could see police officers given extended powers to confiscate alcohol from anywhere in Bournemouth.
Concerned by an increase in drink-related disorder, councillors are considering making the entire town an enforcement zone.
Currently, several separate areas of Bournemouth are covered by a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO), including the town centre, Boscombe and Charminster.
But the council is now proposing to extend the DPPO to cover the entire town. If agreed, this would allow the council to confiscate alcohol anywhere in the town, although police insist they will only tackle irresponsible drinkers.
Andrew Williams, community safety manager, said: “We are seeing an increase in anti-social street drinking in some areas of Bournemouth often outside the areas already covered by DPPOs, and so, by extending the powers, the council and the police will be able to deal with anti-social street drinking more quickly and effectively.
“I’d like to emphasise that a DPPO does not mean that it is an offence to drink in a public space in Bournemouth and we are not looking to stop people from consuming alcohol while enjoying a quiet picnic on the beach or in the park.”
Superintendent Charlie Eggar, of Dorset Police, said the current DPPOs were used effectively, with officers using their discretion.
He added: “By taking a borough-wide approach it will be clear to members of the public where the power applies, allows our officers to adopt the same approach in all parts of Bournemouth and sends a strong message to those who wish to drink irresponsibly.”
The proposal will be discussed by cabinet members next Wednesday.
If agreed, consultation will begin next month and the extended DPPO could be implemented early next year.
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