Street drinkers could face fines from next year

New anti-social behaviour laws which could come into effect next year have been welcomed by South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth (right) pictured with Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick (left) and John Hayes MP with coupons from our We've Had Enough campaign. 'Photo:  SG080213-147TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
New anti-social behaviour laws which could come into effect next year have been welcomed by South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth (right) pictured with Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick (left) and John Hayes MP with coupons from our We've Had Enough campaign. 'Photo: SG080213-147TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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New fines for people drinking alcohol on the streets of Spalding could come in as soon as next summer, according to a senior police chief.

Supt Phil Vickers, Lincolnshire Police’s lead officer on anti-social behaviour, said the force was ready for the tougher laws next year to stamp out booze-fuelled disorder.

They are part of a new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill which includes powers for police to ban anyone they suspect of acting or likely to act in a disorderly way from a specified area for up to 48 hours.

The bill also introduces community protection notices which police, councils and housing associations can serve on an individual who “negatively affects the community’s quality of life.”

A breach of the notice, without reasonable excuse, would result in either an immediate fine or prosecution where those convicted face a fine of up to £2,500.

On-the-spot fines can also be handed out under public spaces protection orders which only councils can issue after setting conditions on how specified areas are used.

Supt Vickers said: “We have consistently taken a stepped-approach to anti-social behaviour that has meant taking action proportionate to the problem at hand.

“The Bill, as it stands, will not change this approach and we are already preparing for the changes that will come either in late summer or early autumn 2014.”

Coun Nick Worth, South Holland District Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “As a member of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Board, I’ve had considerable input into the proposed Bill and I’m very supportive of it.”