York's Alcohol Restriction Zone is extended

York Press: York's Alcohol Restriction Zone is extended York's Alcohol Restriction Zone is extended

ALL streets inside York’s walls have been declared off-limit for alcohol, except in licensed areas.

The Designated Public Place Order, also known as an Alcohol Restriction Zone, was made by City of York Council this week and means anyone found drinking alcohol in the street anywhere within the city walls can be moved by police to outside the city centre.

Under the order, police can confiscate any alcohol found on people drinking in the streets, and drinkers may be fined if they refuse to cooperate with officers.

Coun Linsay Cunningham-Cross said: “Everyone has a right to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of others and not by placing undue strain on the emergency services.”

A report ahead of the decision acknowledged 20 orders already in place on certain streets around the city had “displaced street drinkers into other locations”, particularly St Saviourgate and Pavement. But the new order will cover everywhere inside the walls and will also be enforced around York Station.

The new order has been welcomed by North Yorkshire Police, Street Angels, York Hospital, and several ward councillors and residents, and by Safer York Partnership.

Jane Mowat, director of Safer York Partnership, said: “This can only help to ensure York remains one of the safest cities in the UK.”

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10:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

Jazzper says...

Great idea and not before time. Surely you can't argue with this sensible restriction, but I bet somebody does....
Great idea and not before time. Surely you can't argue with this sensible restriction, but I bet somebody does.... Jazzper
  • Score: 10

11:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

Andy449 says...

So, the problem is people getting drunk in the city centre and causing a nuisance. Do we:

A: Enforce one of the many, many existing laws relating to alcohol abuse and/or anti-social behaviour.
OR
B: Create another brand new law/restriction instead

Can you think of a compelling argument for point B over point A?
So, the problem is people getting drunk in the city centre and causing a nuisance. Do we: A: Enforce one of the many, many existing laws relating to alcohol abuse and/or anti-social behaviour. OR B: Create another brand new law/restriction instead Can you think of a compelling argument for point B over point A? Andy449
  • Score: 9

11:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

Overproof says...

For the sake of accuracy.

It is not an offense to consume alcohol in a Designated Public Place Order area, unless requested to do so by a police officer. Home Office guidance is that a police officer should not request this unless there is anti-social behavior.
For the sake of accuracy. It is not an offense to consume alcohol in a Designated Public Place Order area, unless requested to do so by a police officer. Home Office guidance is that a police officer should not request this unless there is anti-social behavior. Overproof
  • Score: 8

2:11pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bloodaxe says...

Great idea. Now, about enforcement. Will it be like litter and fag ends. Criminal acts but who ever stops them from happening ? We have 30 mile an hour limits in our area but many ignore them, as they do prohibitions on parking on the pavement.
Great idea. Now, about enforcement. Will it be like litter and fag ends. Criminal acts but who ever stops them from happening ? We have 30 mile an hour limits in our area but many ignore them, as they do prohibitions on parking on the pavement. bloodaxe
  • Score: 4

3:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

anistasia says...

Race days at York station gonna be interesting again all inside the city walls and the station just outside all where tourists are.what about residents further afield who have problems with groups of drinkers.please think about the people who live here all year round.
Race days at York station gonna be interesting again all inside the city walls and the station just outside all where tourists are.what about residents further afield who have problems with groups of drinkers.please think about the people who live here all year round. anistasia
  • Score: 5

5:56pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If they extended the Alcohol Restriction Zone to INSIDE premises where people who have had enough were being served even more, they wouldn't need it on the outside...
If they extended the Alcohol Restriction Zone to INSIDE premises where people who have had enough were being served even more, they wouldn't need it on the outside... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 2

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