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  • Council to introduce more booze free zones in town centre

    Ollie Cowan

    COUNCIL bosses are bringing in strict alcohol-free zones throughout Southport town centre in a bid to combat antisocial behaviour.

    Areas including Kings Gardens, Morrisons Car Park and Chapel Street will now be subject to stringent banning measures stopping people – especially young teenagers – from consuming alcohol.

    The new bye-laws, which come into force immediately, would mean anyone caught drinking in the designated restriction zones could face prosecution at the hand of magistrates.

    Kings Gardens, the promenade, Seabank Road, Gordon Street, Lord Street, Union Street, Castle Street, Hill Street, Wright Street, London Street, Chapel Street, Tulketh Street, Bridge Street, Eastbank Street, Princess Street, Market Street, King Street, Duke Street and Morrison’s Car Park are included in the new zoning areas.

    They will now be policed by enforcement officials from Sefton Council as well as Merseyside Police officers.

    The scheme, which will also be rolled out across other parts of Sefton, is done in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and help to build safer and healthier communities.

    A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “The No Drinking Zones are designed to encourage more responsible drinking and ensure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces - safe from crime and anti-social behaviour.

    “This initiative demonstrates the Council’s commitment to residents and visitors so that everyone can have the peace and quiet they deserve  - to enjoy the places where they live or work.

    “The areas will also help to improve the quality of life in local communities through the prevention of problems or nuisances.”

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