South East Wales

Rhondda Cynon Taf parks and streets get alcohol order

Every street, park and public place has become a potential no-alcohol zone in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The council has placed an order which makes it an offence for anyone drinking alcohol in these areas not to stop when asked to by police.

It also makes it an offence not to hand over the alcohol to the officers when asked.

It was introduced after "overwhelming public concern about problematic alcohol consumption in public".

Surveys were conducted in Aberdare, Treorchy, Pontypridd and Tonyrefail, where high numbers of complaints about alcohol-related crime and disorder were recorded.

In all areas, on-street drinking was considered to be a serious problem.

Councillor Paul Cannon, cabinet member for community safety and economic development, said: "By introducing such a far-reaching order, we are giving those patrolling our streets additional, robust powers to deal with those adults who consume alcohol in public places and, subsequently, cause harm to our communities with their behaviour."

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