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Street drinking illegal from January 12

Drinking alcohol in the street in Boston town centre will be illegal from January 12.

On Monday night Boston Borough Council agreed to be among the first in the country to introduce new legislation declaring the town centre a drink-free area.

The decision follows two rounds of public consultation which revealed overwhelming support for introduction of the new public space protection order.

Anyone found drinking alcohol in the designated area (see map) will be subject to arrest if, when requested by a police officer, they do not stop drinking or surrender the drink.

Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.

Councillors heard that, despite Lincolnshire Chief Constable's concerns reported that day about future cuts and funding for the force, he had supported the new street drinking controls proposed for Boston and given an undertaking that they could be policed.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety, said the proposal also had the support of Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Cllr Woodliffe said he had seen men drinking alcohol at 10.30am, that day, sitting on the base of the Five Lamps. They had been noisy and they were spitting.

There were calls for the order to cover other areas of the borough but Cllr Woodliffe said the police had said they could enforce it in the town area but would not have the manpower to cover other areas.

He said: "I would like to see it across the borough - across the nation - but we cannot bring something in that the police cannot deliver. But it is a start to sort out the town centre."

Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, said: "This one of the best good news stories we have had for a while."

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The area prohibiting the consumption of alcohol from January 12