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News - 27 December 2008

New powers to clamp down on alcohol disorder

New powers that target offenders who commit crime under the influence of alcohol were unveiled by Home Office Minister Alan Campbell on 23 December.

From next summer, Drinking Banning Orders will allow police and local authorities to stop a person entering certain premises if they have been involved in criminal or disorderly conduct under the influence of alcohol. Breach of a Drinking Banning Order, which can last up to two years, could lead to a fine of up to £2,500. The orders are focused on people whose drinking has been identified as a factor in their irresponsible and disorderly behaviour.

To add to the range of tools and powers to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder, the Government also published new guidance on obtaining Designated Public Place Orders and establishing Alcohol Disorder Zones.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said, "The Government has given police and local authorities a wide range of tools and powers to tackle alcohol fuelled crime. We have recently given police forces and councils across England and Wales a cash boost of £4.5 million to deal with specific local problems.

"Drinking Banning Orders will focus on offenders who've committed crime under the influence of alcohol. They are an example of our targeted and focused approach to ensure people can enjoy drinking sensibly and sociably.

"Alcohol Disorder Zones are a measure of last resort and I encourage councils and police to follow the action plan process to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder where it is required. They can help recover some policing costs caused by alcohol fuelled crime and disorder."

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