Police to get new booze ban ‘Asbos’

Author: PA

Drinking banning orders (BDOs) will be available to police and local
authorities to protect the public from further drink-related offences.

The orders will enable magistrates to impose conditions on individuals such as
banning them from drinking in, or visiting, certain places. Breaches will be
punishable with fines of up to £2,500.

The orders can last for up to two years, although offenders can have them
shortened by the successful completion of a “positive behaviour intervention
course”. But civil liberties campaigners attacked the new orders as a
“gimmick” that failed to tackle the causes of offending.

Isabella Sankey, director of policy for Liberty, said: “This new gimmick gives
gimmicks a bad name. How many times can you recycle the broad powers in the
Asbo first created 11 years ago? How many times can you spin a new
‘crackdown’ without tackling the causes of offending behaviour?

“It will be Jelly Bean Asbos for sugared-up kids next. Surely its time to call
last orders on endless new legislation.”

But Metropolitan Police Commander Simon O’Brien, who speaks for the
Association Chief Police Officers on alcohol licensing, said the orders
would help the police.

“The minority of mostly young people whom these powers are aimed at are
usually well known in particular areas or local hotspots and, where
appropriate, these powers add to the toolbox of tactics to be drawn on in
tackling these drunken and persistent offenders,” he said.

Home Office minister Alan Campbell said: “These orders will stop those people
who are well known to the authorities, licensees and often the communities
where they live, from ruining lives and will make them face up to their
destructive behaviour.

“If irresponsible drinkers do not accept support, these orders will ensure
that they face some very real consequences.”

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