Dalston is street drinking hotspot but figures drop

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By JulieGK | Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 21:10

Reports of anti-social behaviour relating to street drinking in and around Dalston have fallen by nearly 90 per cent over the last two years.

The dramatic drop follows the introduction of a Hackney borough-wide Controlled Drinking Zone, which gives the police the power to confiscate alcohol or stop people drinking if they are causing disorder or threatening behaviour in streets, parks and public open spaces.

The order came into force in May 2010, following a public consultation.

Between May 2009 and May 2010 the police received 609 calls relating to street drinking. In the same period between 2011 and 2012, they received just 64. Calls to the council dropped by a similar level.

The scheme has also proved successful in referring persistent street drinkers for treatment.

The council and police are continuing to focus on hotspots in the borough, including Gillett Square, in Dalston, and have formed a joint action group to tackle issues around street drinking and other anti-social behaviour in the area.

Cllr Sophie Linden, cabinet member for crime, said: "This sort of anti-social behaviour can make life really difficult for residents.

"We've still got work to do and we're listening to residents about where to focus our efforts. The areas residents told us were 'hotspots' when we launched the scheme have reported big drops in anti-social behaviour and we're determined to make a difference in problem areas."



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