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Anti-social behaviour related to 'street drinking' declines

FALL: Anti-social behaviour related to 'street drinking' declines

POLICE REPORTS of anti-social behaviour relating to the consumption of alcohol on the streets of Hackney have reportedly fallen by almost ‘90 per cent’.

According to the Hackney Gazette the decline follows the introduction of a ‘controlled drinking zone’, with just 64 calls being made to police over crime relating to street drinking between May 2011 and May 2012.

During the same period between 2009 and 2010 police in the London borough were said to have reported that they received a worrying '609 calls' related to the crime.

The scheme is believed to have allowed police the power to confiscate alcohol if the individual is causing disorder in public open spaces.

Cllr Sophie Linden, cabinet member for crime, told the newspaper: “This sort of anti-social behaviour can make life really difficult for residents.”

“One of the most pleasing results is that, rather than issuing fixed penalties to those who can’t afford to pay them, the police and wardens have been confiscating alcohol and helping them to seek professional help,” she added.

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