Police to use new street drinking powers

EAST Enders are being asked their views on how alcohol related anti-social behaviour should be tackled.

Council and police officers will soon have the power to stop drunken troublemakers and confiscate their booze.

Consultation for the scheme, called the Responsible Drinking Borough, will happen over the next six weeks.

Tower Hamlets already has three controlled drinking zones - Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Shoreditch.

But street drinkers are moving to other areas to escape action.

Mark Wolski, superintendent partnership from Tower Hamlets Police, said bad behaviour relating to drinking is often described as one of the main problems facing residents in community ward panels.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “Alcohol often leads people to act out and become a nuisance. These new powers mean that the council can work with the police to put a stop to it when and where it happens.”

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Those who fail to hand over alcohol when asked can be arrested and fined up to �500.

The consultation ends on Monday 4 April and to find out where your nearest roadshow is go to towerhamlets.gov.uk/responsibledrinking.