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DESIGNATED public places orders (DPPOs) are a tool that can be used by local authoritiesto tackle problems ofanti-social alcoholdrinking in public places.

Once a DPPO is in place, the police can use their confiscation powersto enforce the restriction.

It is not an offence to consume alcohol within a designated area, but fail- ure to comply with an officer's requests to stopdrinking and surrenderalcohol without reasonable excuse is.

Failure to comply with an officer can lead to a fixed penalty notice being issued or arrest and pros- ecution with a fine of up to pounds 500 imposed.

DPPOs are available in areas that have experi- enced alcohol-related anti- social behaviour problems.

They have been used across the country in areas ranging from a single street or park, to or city-wide areas..
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2009
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