EXCLUSIVE: Police powers to curb anti-social drinking will be extended across the whole of Birkenhead (From Wirral Globe)
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EXCLUSIVE: Police powers to curb anti-social drinking will be extended across the whole of Birkenhead
POLICE in Wirral are set to be given wider powers to stop people drinking booze in public.
Existing legislation already covers the Upton and Prenton area. Merseyside Police now want a new “Designated Public Places Order” to cover the whole of the Birkenhead Parliamentary Constituency area.
Councillor George Davies, deputy council leader and cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “We have a major problem in Birkenhead and we need to eradicate it.
“If the police brought evidence of street drinking problems in other Wirral areas then we would consider similar action there.”
Councillor Davies added: “As someone who lives in Birkenhead my concern is that if we introduce Designated Public Places Orders in some of the worst-affected area then the problem will be pushed down the line to other areas.
“Blanket cover across the whole constituency will stop this from happening and give the police better understanding of what they can do with the small minority of people abusing the system.”
Police evidence submitted to Wirral licensing authority to support their case includes logs outlining 128 “incidents” linked to street drinking between January and July this year.
Of these, 108 were anti-social behaviour cases related to street drinking; eight were alcohol related anti-social behaviour and there were 12 violent incidents connected with street drinking.
More than 450 local residents and business people signed a petition in support of the call for the order to be extended.
Wirral Council’s licensing health and safety and general purposes committee will study the police request on Wednesday.
Approval will see the police given extra powers across Birkenhead to stop people drinking alcohol and to confiscate drinks.
An offence is committed if anyone fails to stop drinking when asked to do so by a police officer or to give up their alcohol to the police.
Anyone committing an offence would be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500.
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