Alcohol ban zone imposed around community fields

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Gangs of drunken yobs hanging out on Stanley Royd playing fields will have their drink seized or face arrest.

An alcohol restriction zone was imposed yesterday, making it an offence for people not to hand over their alcohol to officers.

And it is hoped it will reduce trouble on the fields caused by drinkers.

Insp Richard Close, of the Central neighbourhood poluice team said a restriction zone introduced in the city centre in 2006 had reduced anti-social behaviour.

He said: “We hope this new zone will be equally effective.

“Any person who is now found to be drinking alcohol contrary to the alcohol restriction zone will be given a warning and asked to surrender their alcohol. If they refuse they can face a number of penalties including arrest if officers believe it is necessary.”

The zone covers the whole field, and its boundaries on Long Causeway, Eastmoor Road, St Faith’s Church and the homes at the top of the field.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “We are committed to making the district safer and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Since introducing an alcohol restriction zone in the city centre, problems associated with street drinking, including littering have dramatically decreased.”

The playing fields belong to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS), but are leased to the Next Generation Youth and Community Project.

Project manager Mohammed Ayub said: “We’re pleased this has come into force and we will continue to work with the community to ensure that children and young people have somewhere safe to play.”