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Castle under siege from boozy yobs.

Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS

A HISTORIC Welsh castle has come under siege from drunken yobs.

Now a special order is to be made to prevent youngsters boozing at Flint Castle, on the banks of the Dee Estuary.

The behaviour of yobs congregating at the castle has sparked complaints from nearby residents and visitors to the ancient monument.

Bottles and cans are being thrown around and damage caused to the castle itself. Cadw says repairs will cost about pounds 30, 000.

Today, Flintshire County Council's executive is being asked to give the go-ahead for the designation of the castle as an alcohol-free zone under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

It means no-one will be able to drink alcohol at the castle and, if police find anyone doing so, the booze can be confiscated.

The original suggestion came from North Wales Police following talks with Cadw and Flint Town Council.

Police say the castle has historically suffered from minor vandalism but has always been a haven for young people to go and consume alcohol.

It has been the subject of a great deal of negative Press due to amount of cans and broken bottles left at the castle and there have been complaints from residents and visitors.

Consultation has taken place about the proposed order and there has been no opposition.

A designated area including the castle and grounds will be drawn up within which police can exercise their powers to prevent public drinking.

Appropriate signs will be erected and public notices published.

Flint was the first great castle built for Edward I during his campaigns to defeat Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and subdue the Welsh.

It was built next to the Dee estuary between 1277 and 1284.

The Dee estuary fed water into a moat that surrounded the landward side of the castle.

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