Cops use new powers to ban drunk from churchyard

POLICE have used new Home Office legislation to ban a persistently drunk woman from a churchyard in East London. The Violent Crime Reduction Act was brought in for the first time by the Hackney neighbourhood police to tackle anti-social activity around St John’s Church

POLICE have used new Home Office legislation to ban a persistently drunk woman from a churchyard in East London.

The Violent Crime Reduction Act was brought in for the first time by the Hackney Central neighbourhood police team to tackle anti-social activity around St John’s Church.

Officers arrested 40-year-old Susan Grant when she was spotted in the churchyard in breach of a 48-hour order banning her under the new Act from the area.

They used CCTV evidence from Hackney Council showing she breached the order twice in two days.


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It is believed this is the first time the new legislation has been used in Hackney.

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