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New tougher street drinking rules could be enforced in Preston

Posted on - 21st June, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News, Politics, Preston City Centre
A council report says more needs to be done to tackle anti-social problems in the city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
A council report says more needs to be done to tackle anti-social problems in the city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston looks set to have tougher rules applied to tackle street drinking in the city centre.

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Proposals have been lodged to councillors for introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across a swathe of the city.

This would give Preston Police and council officers stronger grounds to stop public drinking within these areas – which they say will reduce violent crime and disorder.

As it stands the area is covered by a Designed Public Place Order and has been since 2003.

A PSPO is ‘to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public place. The PSPO is more flexible than the Orders it replaces and allows for the prohibition of different types of anti-social behaviour to be included in the same locality without the need for multiple orders.’

If a person persistently breaches the new PSPO they would be put before the courts.

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A report to Preston City Council’s cabinet says ‘alcohol related violent crime and disorder remains a problem during the night time economy’.

It also pinpoints problems with anti-social behaviour outside the McDonalds – which saw a stabbing in the city centre – and the Peace Gardens at the bottom end of Friargate. Car cruising in Market Hall is also described as a ‘sporadic problem’.

Street drinking during the daytime is also a problem for certain locations in the City, with the Flag Market/Harris Library being a particular hot spot in recent summer months. The PSPO could include this kind of activity if the prohibitions were included and the geographical boundary was extended.

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The report outlines problems with street drinking on the Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall

Introducing the new order and area – if approved by cabinet on Wednesday (21 June) – would take around 12 months.

Where is currently covered?

Roads covered by the current street drinking restriction order include Anchor Court, Avenham Street, Birley Street, Boltons Court, Butler Street, Butlers Court, Cannon Street, Chapel Street, Chapel Walks, Charnley Street, Cheapside, Church Row, Church Street, Corporation Street (from Fishergate to the junction with Ringway), Crooked Lane, Derby Street (from Church Street to the junction with Butler Street), Flag Market, Fleet Street, Fox Street, Friargate (from Ringway to Cheapside), Georges Road, Glovers Court, Grimshaw Street, Guild Row, Guildhall Street, Hammonds Row, Harris Street, Jacson Street, Lancaster Road, Lennox Street, Library Street Lord Street, Lords Walk, Lowthian Street, Lune Street, Main Sprit Weind, Manchester Road (from Church Street to the junction with Shepherd Street), Market Street (including the open market area and the path to Ringway), Mount Street, New Cock Yard, Old Vicarage, Orchard Street, Pole Street (from Church Street to the junction with Lord’s Walk), Rose Street, Shepherd Street, St John’s Place, St Wilfrid Street, Stonegate, Surgeons Court, Theatre Street, Tithebarn Street, Wards End and Winckley Street.

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