Street drinking order success

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STREET drinking restrictions are to remain in force in a Sheffield suburb for a further 12 months.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board extended the order after hearing that there had been a reduction in street drinking incidents of up to 88 per cent.

The order covers the centre of Woodhouse and gives police the power to tell people to stop drinking if they are causing a nuisance.

It is a criminal offence for anyone to disobey.

Police can also confiscate alcohol.

Woodhouse and District Community Forum’s chairman, Howard Constable, said the order, implemented in March, had made the area ‘far more pleasant and much safer than before’.

The licensing board heard there had been ‘some evidence’ that street drinking had been displaced, with drinkers gathering in surrounding streets – but that the order’s impact had been ‘positive overall’.