Consultation over Charnwood alcohol-free zones

Residents in a Leicestershire borough are being asked for their views on plans to create alcohol-free zones.

Charnwood Borough Council is consulting residents and businesses in Birstall and Thurmaston.

The proposals would give police officers powers to seize alcohol from anyone drinking in public.

The consultation will last until the end of January and a report presented to the council's cabinet meeting in February.

'Drunken troublemakers'

If approved the no-alcohol zones will come into effect on 1 April, the council said.

Councillor David Snartt, Charnwood Borough Council's cabinet member for community safety, said: "These proposals are in response to a number of complaints the council and police have received about anti-social behaviour being fuelled by alcohol in certain parts of the borough.

"We really need these communities to respond to this consultation so I would encourage residents to get in touch and let us know your thoughts on these plans.

"No-one should have to live in fear or with drunken troublemakers plaguing their streets."

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