Bracknell police get power to seize booze
May 29, 2012
Police will have the power to take booze away from town centre troublemakers under a new order.
Bracknell town centre is now a Designated Public Place, which gives police special powers to seize alcohol from anyone deemed to be committing or likely to commit anti-social behaviour.
Bracknell Forest Council’s executive committee gave its approval to the Designated Public Place Order at a meeting on Tuesday in response to growing problems with drinkers loitering around the town.
The order is supported by local businesses and Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, which is concerned the problem could deter big businesses from investing in the new town when it is built.
The order is not a blanket ban on drinking in the town, and will only be used to deal with people causing problems.
Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for corporate services and public protection, said: “This has been the subject of much consultation. It has been given a good thrashing.
“Neighbouring areas like Wokingham, Reading and Windsor all have them. In fact, Windsor, with its night-time economy, has seen a 25 per cent drop in anti-social behaviour.
“So with Bracknell soon to have its own night-time economy with the town centre regeneration, it’s good to get some experience in.”
The order will reviewed at least every two years to ensure it is affective.