Street drinking ban for centre of Midsomer Norton

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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."

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