Essex estate gets drink exclusion zone

An estate in Shoebury has become the first residential alcohol exclusion zone in the borough.

Southend Council has made the decision to designate the Four Rivers estate a place where alcohol can be confiscated after a request from police.

Sgt Ian Hughes, of Essex Police, said historically there had been a problem in the area with adults congregating and drinking and alcohol-related crime.

Such powers already exist in commercial areas including Southend High Street.

Mr Hughes, who is the neighbourhood officer for the area, said: "Until now, if the drinkers have been over 18, there has been little we can do when we come across such groups in the streets other than give suitable words of advice.

"Now, we will be able to confiscate alcohol from anyone we find drinking on the estate's streets, during our continuing regular patrols of the area."

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