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Reminder about alcohol restrictions

As we approach the depths of summer, Mansfield District Council is reminding people that there are restrictions in place in relation to drinking alcohol in the District's parks, open spaces and town centre streets.

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.

A DPPO does not ban drinking alcohol but means that the Police and Mansfield District Council Neighbourhood Wardens have the authority to confiscate alcohol from anyone who is creating, or is likely to create a disorder, or who is behaving in an anti social manner, while under the influence of alcohol.

Anyone who refuses to comply with a request from a Police Officer or Warden to surrender alcohol in the designated areas is committing an offence and could be arrested and/or issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Areas covered by DPPOs include:

  • Mansfield Town Centre, including the Market Place, all the main retail areas, car parks, bus station and railway station.
  • All Mansfield District Council's parks.
  • A large part of Meden Vale, including Egmanton Road, Elkesley Road and the football and cricket grounds.
  • Parts of the Ladybrook Estate, including the streets, school grounds and playing fields around Armstrong Road and Somersall Street.
  • Parts of Forest Town, including the Garibaldi Estate, the Avenues and Forest Town Miners Welfare sports grounds.

The areas were selected by the Council in consultation with the Police and local communities, based on drink-related incidents. The DPPO restrictions do not apply to outdoor drinking areas, beer gardens or temporary events notified to the Council. The powers are in addition to those already held by the Police and Council Wardens, which allow them to confiscate from anyone aged under 18, anywhere in the District.

Cllr 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 intimated by people drinking outdoors in parks, streets and in the town centre. 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

Published 16 July 2012

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