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Source: City of Winchester

Councillors have unanimously voted to renew the Public Spaces Protection Order, known locally as the Alcohol Control Zone, following Winchester City Council’s Licensing and Regulation Committee meeting on 15 September.

The extension of the order means that police officers will continue to be able to exercise the power to seize alcohol from individuals if they are causing anti-social behaviour within the city centre and surrounding areas.

Cllr Jackie Porter Cabinet, Member for Built Environment and Wellbeing at Winchester City Council and Chair of Winchester Community Safety Partnership said:

“With evidence showing that the use of the powers made available to the police has reduced alcohol related public order incidents by 65%, we welcome the extension of this order. Winchester City Council will continue to work collaboratively with businesses and partner agencies to maintain a safe and welcoming environment in the city now, and as we build our recovery from the pandemic.”

Hampshire Constabulary District Commander Jon Turton commented: “I fully support the extension of the Alcohol Control Zone in Winchester. This power provides us, the police, with a useful tactic when dealing with alcohol fuelled ASB.”

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