Police and council join forces to curb Roehampton street drinkers
9:00am Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
A plan to tackle anti-social street drinking in and around Roehampton town centre has been unveiled.
Wandsworth Council and local police have jopined forces to apply for a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), which will make outside public spaces in Roehampton and Putney Heath ward alcohol-free areas.
Some residents and businesses in the area have complained of intimidation by problem drinkers on the estates.
The move would enable police to confiscate alcohol from people caught drinking in the designated area should they refuse to stop - those ignoring such requests could be given an on-the spot fine or face arrest and prosecution in the magistrates court.
Under the proposal, drugs and alcohol outreach workers will make further efforts to engage with the 35 or so street drinkers on the Alton and Putney Vale estates to provide support and divert them into treatment.
The DPPO would cover the whole of the ward, including hotspots such as Danebury Avenue, Portswood Place and Putney Vale, to deter the problem drinkers from simply relocating to another spot nearby.
A DPPO is contained in The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 and designed to tackle nuisance and annoyance caused by the consumption of alcohol in public places.