Police given new powers to seize alcohol

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Police officers now have the power to stop people drinking alcohol in public places, according to Horsham District Council.

A Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) can see those behaving anti-socially under the influence of alcohol having their drinks seized.

While not a ban on drinking in public, the order hopes to reduce the number of complaints relating to alcohol related anti-social behaviour affecting the Horsham community.

Councillor Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “It’s great to see that police officers now have greater powers to remove alcohol from those who might behave in an anti-social manner.

“Even though Horsham is a safe place, it is good to see these issues are being addressed appropriately to ensure the town maintains its safe reputation.”

Under the order failing to comply with a police request to stop drinking and surrender alcohol without a reasonable excuse is an offence which could lead to a £50 penalty notice for disorder or being arrested and prosecuted with a maximum £500 fine.

Howard Hodges, chief inspector for Sussex Police, said: “I am fully supportive of this approach.”