Drunks offered chance to avoid £80 fines in new partnership

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Police are working with the Lifeline Rotherham Alcohol Scheme to offer those caught being drunk and disorderly the chance to attend a short course – instead of paying an £80 fixed penalty notice.

Since the partnership was formed in December, 50 adults have attended sessions, which give tips for sensible drinking and highlight the harmful and longer term affects of drinking alcohol.

Chief Inspector Ian Womersley said: “This scheme has a proven track record of reducing drink-related anti-social behaviour in Rotherham and has greatly assisted in educating people on the effects of alcohol.

“The scheme has turned lives around for attendees.

“With more people being educated in the levels of safe drinking, we are continuing to reduce levels of alcohol -related anti-social behaviour in Rotherham, making it a safer place.”