Police put on show confiscated booze

Acting Sergeant Anthony Pattison seen with the haul of confiscated alcohol at Ashington Police Station.
Acting Sergeant Anthony Pattison seen with the haul of confiscated alcohol at Ashington Police Station.
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BEER, wine and spirits are stacking up in Ashington police station, highlighting how much booze has been taken off the streets of the town in the space of just a few weeks.

Ashington is now subject to a designated public places order, giving police the authority to approach people drinking alcohol on the streets and in the parks and throw away open cans and bottles, as well as seizing any other alcohol they have in their possession.

The scheme was launched at the start of November, and since then 45 people, aged from 16 to 60, have been stopped and had booze confiscated.

The scheme has been welcomed by residents and is credited with a reduction in the amount of smashed glass littering parks and streets.