Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s announcement that there are going to be tough new powers for police to confiscate alcohol and crackdown on antisocial behaviour.
The measures announced include:
· a major new £875,000 national crack down by police from next week to confiscate alcohol from under-18 year olds drinking in public;
· extra powers for police, where necessary, to make it clear that it is unacceptable for children to drink in public;
· wider use of Parenting Contracts where poor parenting is identified as an issue when alcohol is confiscated from underage drinkers;
· a new multi-million pound Government public information campaign to launch this summer setting out the dangers associated with binge drinking, and raising awareness on recommended units of intake and the dangers of regularly exceeding those levels; and
· an independent review of how well industry standards on responsible sales are being met across the alcohol retail industry.
David Hanson said:
“This announcement will be widely welcomed across Flintshire as it gives police more powers to tackle the pockets of antisocial behaviour which can blight our local communities.
“It is important that any strategy brings in families and engages industry, enforcement authorities and the wider community.
“Police must have the powers they need to stop young people drinking in public and we must continue to clampdown on irresponsible retailers.”