WISBECH: 80 people have alcohol confiscated by police in first month of new drinking ban
PUBLISHED: 09:58 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010
EXCLUSIVE by: TOM JACKSON MORE than 80 people have had their alcohol confiscated by the police in the first month of Wisbech s town centre-wide drinking ban. An incident log shown exclusively to the Wisbech Standard revealed that police had dealt
EXCLUSIVE by: TOM JACKSON
MORE than 80 people have had their alcohol confiscated by the police in the first month of Wisbech's town centre-wide drinking ban.
An incident log shown exclusively to the Wisbech Standard revealed that police had dealt with 77 drinking incidents since the Designated Public Places Order was introduced in November - an average of more than two a day.
Some of those incidents have seen alcohol seized from groups of people, with drinks confiscated from youths as young as 15.
More than 130 alcoholic drinks have been confiscated, with some stored at the police station while others were poured down the drain.
The drinks include more than 120 lagers, 15 bottles of cider, seven bottles of vodka, four bottles of Lambrini and even a bottle of Cava.
Sgt Dave Bax, who is involved in the operation, said: "We are blitzing the town and we will continue to make sure we visit everywhere possible - including off-licences and factories - to get the message out, that public drinking is not acceptable."
Despite the order's early success, police predict a major rise in summer-time seizures in-line with evidence gathered last year.
Sgt Bax added: "In April we had 267 incidents of public drinking related to anti-social behaviour.
"We are expecting the same this year, as the weather improves.
"Bringing the order into force in the autumn, a quieter period, gave us the chance to get to grips with it and, in the long term, be more successful."
The order came into force on November 28 and allows police to seize alcohol from anyone in the town centre who, they think, will commit a criminal offence.
If the alcohol is not surrendered, people can face arrest, a fine of up to £500 and possibly a court appearance.
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