Street drinkers face fines in crackdown on boozy bad behaviour

New curbs are to be imposed on street drinkers in Hull
New curbs are to be imposed on street drinkers in Hull
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Councillors in Hull are being asked to sign off new restrictions on street drinking as part of efforts to cut down on alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

Next week the city council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a Public Spaces Protection Order for the Wyke and Riverside areas of the city, which includes Hessle Road, Anlaby Road and Beverley Road.

Under the new rules drinking would be banned in children’s play areas and cemeteries. Anyone who fails to stop drinking or hand over their drink when asked by an officer could face a £100 fine or be taken to court.

Six of the seven wards in the two areas are ranked as the most prolific for alcohol-related crime, with Myton, in Riverside, worst in the city, with 59 offences per 1000 population.

It follows an online survey last July which found “overwhelming” support for the crackdown.

Residents have complained about drinkers gathering in areas including Hessle Road, Wellsted Street and Camden Street. The corner of Queens Road and Newland Avenue, shopfronts along Beverley Road, De Grey Street and Lambert Street, have also been flagged up.

A similar ban has been in place in the city centre since 2015, but councillors believe it had shifted the problem into a wider area.

It adds: “Riverside and Wyke area committee members regularly report alcohol-related disorder or nuisance in their neighbourhoods outside the area covered by the current Designated Public Protection Orders and therefore support proposals for a PSPO for all wards in the two areas.”