Devon

Plymouth introduces Drinking Banning Orders

Young person drinking alcohol
Image caption Anyone over the age of 16 convicted of a drink-related crime could be issued with a DBO

Drunken people who commit a crime or behave anti-socially could be issued with a "booze Asbo" in a Devon city.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the Drinking Banning Orders (DBOs) could be given to anyone in Plymouth who is convicted of a drink-related crime.

Under powers which came into force this month, police and councils can seek an order on anyone aged 16 and over.

The DBOs could include a ban from pubs, bars, off-licences and certain areas of the city for up to two years.

Anyone who breaches the order could be fined up to £2,500.

Sgt Martin Worthington, Plymouth licensing sergeant, said as many as 15 people could receive DBOs in the first week.

'Turn the tables'

"The police are currently scrutinising each case and identifying offenders who have a history of committing alcohol-related crime," he said.

"We have already identified a core group of troublemakers who can expect severe prohibitions on their next court appearance."

"The scope of these orders is extremely wide, allowing the courts to impose far more control measures than was previously possible," he said.

"I believe the orders will make have a huge impact on reducing alcohol-related crime in Plymouth."

Police can make representations to the court about certain conditions they would like to see imposed.

Sgt Worthington said police recognised it was a small minority of people who could ruin going out in the evening for many others.

"Now it's time to turn the tables on them," he added.

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