Trinity Walk booze ban plan

6th May 2011'Opening of Trinity Walk .''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
6th May 2011'Opening of Trinity Walk .''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

AN ALCOHOL ban to confiscate booze from people found drinking around Trinity Walk could be in place next week.

The shopping centre will become the latest spot to benefit from an alcohol exclusion zone if Wakefield Council’s Cabinet committee approves the plan on Tuesday.

The ban is designed to reduce street drinking, anti-social behaviour and litter problems in the area.

If it comes into force, people found drinking alcohol in the area could be arrested unless they hand over their drink to the police.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Cabinet member for communities, said bans introduced in other areas had proven to be successful.

She said: “We want to ensure that shoppers and residents visiting Trinity Walk are able to enjoy the leisure facilities without being troubled by intimidating alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

“Since we introduced alcohol exclusion zones in 2006, such behaviour and other problems associated with street drinking have decreased significantly in the areas affected.”

Inspector Richard Close, of the Central neighbourhood police team, said: “This is another excellent example of the police and council working together and responding positively to residents’ concerns. Alcohol exclusion zones are a key tool enabling my officers to combat drunken anti-social behaviour.

“Residents should not have to suffer this type of behaviour.”

A similar ban was introduced in College Grove in March.