Preventative measures to tackle antisocial drinking to be extended

Released: Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Extra measures to discourage antisocial drinking in Worthing town centre are to be extended, in co-operation with the police.

Police and designated Council officers will be able to confiscate alcohol if they believe the drink has led to or will lead to antisocial behaviour. Those refusing to hand over their alcohol can be given a £50 fine.

Worthing Borough Council has agreed to extend for three years the public space protection order (PSPO) which gives officers the additional powers.

Although no fines have had to be issued since the PSPO was introduced in 2016, police say it acts as a deterrent and encourages people to behave more appropriately. 92% of those who took part in a consultation supported an extension of the order.

To ensure that the PSPO is being used fairly and proportionately, officers have been told to gather data on how and when the powers are used over the next 12 months and to produce a report for the Council.

Cllr Rosey Whorlow, Worthing's Cabinet Member for Community Health and Wellbeing, said:

“It's easy to stereotype how certain groups of people will behave in the town centre, which could mean that we treat them differently from others without even realising it.

“These powers can be a useful tool to tackle antisocial behaviour but we have to make sure they are being used in the right way, and at the right times.”

Photo: Worthing town centre

PR22-100, PR22-117, PR22-123 - Worthing town centre

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