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Boozing on street will spell pounds 500 fine; WALES' FIRST COUNTY-WIDE CRACKDOWN ON ALCOHOL.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

WREXHAM yesterday became the first booze control zone county in Wales, with those who flout flout  
v. flout·ed, flout·ing, flouts

v.tr.
To show contempt for; scorn: flout a law; behavior that flouted convention. See Usage Note at flaunt.

v.intr.
 them facing fines of up to pounds 500.

Council bosses want to clean up the streets and clamp down on anti-social behaviour by giving police powers police powers n. from the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which reserves to the states the rights and powers "not delegated to the United States" which include protection of the welfare, safety, health and even morals of the public.  to take away alcohol from outdoor revellers.

The move follows the success of a similar initiative in Wrexham town centre over the last four years, which officers said had helped keep order.

Now police will be able to ask anyone boozing outside who is causing a problem, or who they think is likely to cause a problem, to stop drinking.

If they don't, officers can confiscate To expropriate private property for public use without compensating the owner under the authority of the Police Power of the government. To seize property.

When property is confiscated it is transferred from private to public use, usually for reasons such as
 their alcohol.

And if the problems persist offenders can be prosecuted with fines of up to pounds 500.

Council chiefs were keen to stress this is not an outright ban on alcohol outdoors.

Rather it is another tool in the armoury to crack down on bad behaviour.

Yesterday Wrexham council leader Aled Roberts, said: "We are confident that the introduction of Alcohol Control Zones will contribute significantly towards further reducing anti social behaviour and violent crime across the County Borough County borough is a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (excluding Scotland), to refer to a borough or a city independent of county council control. .

"We have consulted widely on this issue but are very eager to point out that making an area an Alcohol Control Zone Order does not mean a blanket ban on drinking in public places..

"The consumption of alcohol in an area for picnics, concerts, fetes and festivals can still go ahead but the enforcement powers may be directed at individuals whose consumption of alcohol in these areas gives rise to anti-social behaviour.

"We view the introduction of the Alcohol Control Zones as a significant part of our work to reduce Anti-Social Behaviour across the County Borough.

"And we are confident that this development will help make Wrexham a place where people can enjoy themselves and feel safe," Mr Roberts said.

The new crackdown has been brought under Section 13 (2) of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

Council chiefs have been planning the move for some time and launched a consultation exercise in 2007.

It has received widespread support from community council, the public and headteachers.

The move was also backed by police chiefs.

Previously designated booze control zones in Wrexham town centre included Llwyn Isaf Llwyn Isaf is a green in the centre of Wrexham. It is surrounded on two sides by the town's Guildhall and on another by the Library Arts Centre.

The green is most popular with students from the nearby Yale College.
 and Bellevue Park.

Yesterday a Wrexham council spokeswoman added: "Any person who without reasonable excuse to comply with an officer's request commits an offence, and may be issued with a fixed penalty notice Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were introduced in Great Britain in the 1950s to deal with minor parking offences. Originally used by police and traffic wardens, their use has extended to other public officials and authorities, as has the range of offences for which they can be used.  or may be prosecuted for which the maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine not exceeding pounds 500.

"These powers will be exercised across the county borough in each community council area." stevebagnall@dailypost.co.uk

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