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Sutton Council set to crack down on anti-social street drinkers 15.12.10

More alcohol trouble free zones are to be considered in Sutton in a bid to cut anti-social drinking.

The council's Executive agreed this week (13 Dec) to take forward proposals to extend the current Designated Public Places Order (DPPO).

There are already several DPPOs in place in the borough including in Sutton town centre and within the parks and open spaces and it is now proposed to roll them out to Sutton South, Wandle Valley and Wallington South.

The move follows consultation with local councillors and local residents who identified areas where they believe street drinking to be a problem.

While the order does not prevent people from consuming alcohol in public places, it allows the police to have greater powers to stop people who are being anti-social as a result of drinking. When a DPPO is in place, trouble makers could arrested and charged up to £500 if they fail to surrender their alcohol at the request of a police officer.

Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety and Libraries, said: "This is all about keeping residents safe from the anti-social minority. I am pleased that we are able to take these proposals forward and respond to concerns about particular areas. The scheme has already proved very effective in stopping problem drinkers before trouble starts so it makes perfect sense to roll the scheme out in other parts of the borough."

Further consultation with local residents, community groups, the police and license holders will now take place before a decision is made on whether to proceed with the order.

Last updated: Tuesday, 04 January 2011

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