A new initiative to drive down alcohol-related problems in Tunstall town centre will be officially launched this week.The Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) takes effect from yesterday, Monday, and gives police extra powers to deal with alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.An official launch by police, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke-on-Trent Safer City Partnership will take place on Wednesday in Tunstall town centre.The ARZ is the culmination of months of work carried out by police and the Safer City Partnership to tackle the increasing number of concerns raised by local businesses and residents about people causing alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the town, which included a petition of over 800 signatures submitted by Tunstall Chamber of Trade.
Police started to receive an increasing number of calls from members of the public reporting alcohol-related anti-social behaviour on Tower Square, High Street, and the adjoining streets and alleywayssafer and more pleasant place to work and visit.
From now on Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can require a person within the zone to stop drinking alcohol. They can also require the person to surrender any containers containing or suspected to contain alcohol. These are then disposed of.e to comply with this requirement makes the person liable to be arrested and prosecutions for offences connected with an ARZ carry a fine of up to £500. The ARZ only applies to public places. Pubs, beer gardens, houses and gardens are not included.