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Crackdown on drunks in County 30 mph zones

Published date: 07 March 2012 |
Published by: Rhian Waller
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EXTRA police powers will be granted to prevent boozy bad behaviour in 30mph zones.


Denbighshire Council has given the green light to an order regulating drinking within designated speed limits around St Asaph, Rhuddlan, Dyserth and Bodelwyddan.


The powers, which allow police to confiscate alcohol to pre-empt public nuisance, noise and disorder, echo anti-social behaviour zones already in place in Rhyl and Prestatyn.


The new powers will also extend to 30mph areas in these towns.


Graham Boase, head of planning and public protection, said: “We haven’t implemented the plan yet, as we need to arrange signage across the county, but the Council has given us the authority to do it. Over the coming months we’ll have a program of implementation set up and hope the orders will be running by summer time.


“It will be enforced by North Wales Police. We emphasize this is not a draconian drinking ban. If you are having a picnic and enjoying a glass of wine in public then you are not breaking the law. But if there’s a gang of people being abusive, swearing or intimidating people, the police will have the power to intervene.
“The measures are preventative.”


A recent Denbighshire Council report argued the plan would improve community safety, as existing orders had already resulted in reduced crime and antisocial behaviour.


It will be paid for through a grant from the Substance Misuse Fund.


Guto Lloyd-Davies of Gwasg Helygain in Kinmel Street Rhyl, said a more extensive order, which included a curfew for under-18s, was already working effectively in his locality.


He said: “It was put in place before Christmas. The last email I sent to the police (about a disturbance) was on December 20. Since then it’s been nothing and it’s March now.


“Before, it was two or three incidents a day. So it’s working. I think this new measure will help alleviate the concerns of Joe Public. My only concern is that it may push people out of town to somewhere else.”

 

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