Police to crack down on nuisance drinkersBy Julie Spencer
July 09, 2012
Police have new powers to tackle drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour in Bracknell town centre.
New measures brought in by Bracknell Forest Council give police and community support officers extra powers to deal with open-air nuisance drinkers.
The Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) came into effect last week and allows officers to ask people to stop drinking.
Notices highlighting the DPPO zone have gone up throughout the town centre.
Drinking is still permitted within the zone, but anyone causing a nuisance or likely to do so can be asked to stop.
Ignoring the request from a police officer or a community support officer is a crime and punishment includes a penalty notice £50 fine, or arrest and prosecution with a fine of up to £500. The order does not apply to pub gardens or other licensed premises in the zone.
Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: “This is not a ban on drinking outside or intended to stop people having a quiet beer in the sunshine.
“But it does give the police more powers to tackle the nuisance caused by a small number of people who drink alcohol in the town centre and behave anti-socially.”