Drink Banning Orders

These came into force on 31 August 2009 and are civil orders that can be made against an individual aged 16 and over if they have engaged in criminal or disorderly conduct while under the influence of alcohol.

An order may last for between two months and two years and aims to protect communities from future bad conduct of this kind by prohibiting the individual from doing things prescribed in it.

Will these orders protect the residents of Beckenham from having their fences, walls, cars and trees damaged so often? Police would have to be in the right place at the right time to catch the culprits, which is very rarely the case. But giving them greater powers may help.

At a national level, perhaps those who make our laws should be listening to local residents and reviewing or repealing the 2003 Licensing Act.

 

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