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Spot fines for street drunks takes sparkle out of Christmas cheer

PUBLISHED: 10:08 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

POLICE and Town Hall bosses have begun a tough Christmas clamp-down on drunks and yobs in the street over Christmas and New Year. The campaign centres on posters with graphic images of a pint glass with a warning that anti-social behaviour in public leads to on-the-spot fines

POLICE and Town Hall bosses have begun a tough Christmas clamp-down on drunks and yobs in the street over Christmas and New Year.

The campaign centres on posters with graphic images of a pint glass with a warning that anti-social behaviour in public leads to on-the-spot fines.

Areas teeming with bars and clubs in London’s East End are being targeted by police and Tower Hamlets council, particularly around Brick Lane which is often bustling with people drinking on a night out.

“We’ve decided to use enforcement where there’s a high concentration of bars and restaurants,” says a council press statement.

“It’s important people are warned that drunk and disorderly behaviour in public won’t be tolerated.”

But the public response appears to be mixed, the council admits.

Some welcome the clamp-down on street drunkenness. But others see it as a wrong approach’ as over exposure to such campaigns weakens their impact.

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