Boozy rowdies targeted by new orders

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THE GO-ahead has been given to a scheme aimed at winning the battle against booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour in Hucknall and the rest of Ashfield.

Ashfield District Council’s licensing committee has rubberstamped the creation and expansion of designated public places orders (DPPOs).

The orders will allow the police and council-employed community protection officers (CPOs) to confiscate alcohol from troublemakers on the street.

Under the plan, virtually the whole of Hucknall would be subject to DPPOs.

A consultation involving the public, police and pubs has been running since late last year. It is now hoped the DPPOs can take effect from Sunday April 1.

It has been made clear that the new orders do not ban drinking on the streets but give enforcement officers another weapon in dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council, said: “This is an excellent project that the council and police have worked on together.

“I am hoping there won’t be any problems and we don’t have to use the DPPOs but they are there as an extra weapon to make sure people behave themselves and bad behaviour doesn’t impact on residents’ lives.”

More than 400 streets and areas in Hucknall are included in the DPPOs. These include Titchfield Park, the Nabbs Lane and Albert Street recreation grounds and Hucknall Cemetery on Broomhill Road.