Sheffield booze ban leads to fall in crime

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RESTRICTIONS on street drinking in Sheffield city centre are to continue for a further five years after helping to achieve a fall in anti-social behaviour of almost 20 per cent.

The city centre Alcohol Exclusion Zone was set up in 2005, giving police the power to seize alcohol from anyone drinking in the street who is causing a public nuisance.

The zone covers the area within the inner ring road, including all the main public open spaces such as the Peace Gardens and Devonshire Green.

Sheffield Council’s licensing sub committee has reviewed the success of the restrictions and agreed to continue them for a further five years to 2018.

Preliminary consultation has taken place about extending the order to cover around London Road and part of Broomhall next to Hanover Way.

Residents on the Leverton Gardens estate in Sharrow have also requested the order is extended there, too.

Coun John Robson, chairman of Sheffield Council’s licensing committee, said: “The Alcohol Exclusion Zone has achieved good results in terms of a fall in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Councillors approved full public consultation about extending the order to London Road and the area of Sharrow.

“Initial public consultation was supportive around London Road although there was concern in Sharrow that residents did not want the area stigmatised by signs which must go up to warn people about the restrictions.

“After the consultation, the committee will consider the public’s response.”

The city centre restrictions are among measures which have seen incidents of anti-social behaviour reduce from more than 4,000 incidents in 2005 to 3,258 over the last 12 months.

Richard Eyre, head of city centre management for the council, said: “I firmly believe the zone has had a positive effect. The restrictions helped the police to intervene and stop a large number of incidents occurring.”