Ban on Charnwood street drinking approved

New powers to allow police to stop people drinking on the streets in Leicestershire have been agreed.

Charnwood Borough Council voted unanimously to back measures which will enable officers to confiscate alcohol.

The move was prompted by complaints from residents and businesses in Birstall and Thurmaston about anti-social behaviour.

Designated alcohol-free zones, which are expected to come into force from 1 May, will be marked with signs.

A council spokesman said a consultation had received just two negative comments.

Officers are currently able to take alcohol from people under 18 but the new powers will mean they can also take it from adults.

Anyone who refuses to comply could be arrested.

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