Mansfield District Council issue reminder against drinking alcohol in public places

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COUNCIL chiefs are reminding Mansfield’s residents that there are restrictions in place to prevent drinking alcohol in public places following reports of increased drinking in the street.

Since August 2009, Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) have been in place across the district to reduce alcohol-related disorder and create a greater community friendly atmosphere in public places.

Between October 2012 and January 2013, Neighbourhood Wardens have enforced the DPPO on 21 occasions, compared to ten occasions from July to October 2012.

Particular hotspot areas within the town centre include Dame Flogan Street, Church Side, White Hart Street and Service Area D on Quaker Way. Neighbourhood Wardens and BID Ambassadors will be carrying out target patrols in these areas to address this problem.

Coun Mick Barton, portfolio holder for public protection, said: “The Council is focused on promoting responsible drinking and reducing alcohol misuse and associated problems, such as anti-social behaviour.

“Residents can feel intimidated. The DPPOs mean that a police officer or Neighbourhood Warden can confiscate alcohol from anyone, who is creating, or is likely to create a disorder, or who is behaving in an anti-social manner, whilst under the influence of alcohol.

This is an extremely effective way to clamp down on and deter anti-social behaviour resulting from alcohol misuse.”

Full details on the DPPOs and a map of the areas covered in each ward in the Mansfield District can be viewed online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/dppo