Street drinking ban for centre of Midsomer Norton
- 31 March 2013
- From the section Somerset
Plans to stop street drinking and reduce anti-social behaviour in part of Somerset have been given the go-ahead.
Midsomer Norton town council said the order had been introduced following residents' concerns.
A spokeswoman said she hoped the move would make the town more attractive to visitors.
Anyone who refuses to stop drinking or to dispose of their alcohol when asked to by a police officer faces a £50 penalty or they could be arrested.
"The town council is determined that the town centre should serve the needs of all the residents and attract a range of people from Midsomer Norton and the surrounding areas," the council spokeswoman added.
"This order means that residents' concerns over anti-social behaviour in the town, particularly at weekends, are being directly tackled.
"Making it a safer place for residents will be a major factor in achieving this and benefitting the local economy at the same time."