Street drinkers face arrest and new fines

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ADULTS found drinking alcohol in and around Queens Park in Chesterfield will have their booze confiscated by police in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.

From Monday, a Designated Public Place Order comes into force which covers the park as well as St Augustine’s Road, Bacon’s Lane and Birdholme Park.

Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership applied for the order to be put in place after staff working in Queens Park and local residents complained about large groups of people with alcohol congregating and creating problems with abuse, litter and criminal damage.

St Augustine’s Action Group, made up of local residents, said the drinking of alcohol in public was blighting their lives.

Derbyshire Police also supported the application.

The order does not make it an offence to drink in public, but if adults fail to hand over their drinks to police officers on request they face arrest and a fine of up to £500.