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Street drinkers and people threatening workers and shoppers targeted in Longton town centre crackdown

New powers mean street drinking and threatening behaviour is being tackled in Longton town centre.

A Public Space Protection Order has been introduced, following a consultation which 98% of people asked say they wanted it put in place.

It is after a rise in people drinking, swearing and fighting in the streets in the centre of Longton.

The order means police and council ASB officers can ask anyone seen drinking alcohol in the town centre (unless in licensed premises) to stop and their alcohol may be removed. Anyone who refuses can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or prosecuted, and if convicted, fined up to £500.

Anyone caught using behaviour or language likely to cause intimidation or distress to residents, businesses or visitors could be subject to a fixed penalty of £100, or prosecution with a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted.

Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “The order will give the police and council ASB officers an extra tool to help deal with problems, which, it should be stressed, are caused by a small minority of people.

"We will also be working with colleagues in the city centre to prevent the problem from moving to Hanley.”

Longton West ward councillor Kath Banks said: “Local people said they wanted something done about street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the town centre and the council, police and business people have worked together to put the order in place to emphasise its community feel.”

Councillor Chris Robinson, ward councillor in Longton East, added: “The order is a great example of the community coming together to make improvements for the town.”

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