It's coming up to eight weeks since drinking in public places was banned across much of Llanelli town centre in a move to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and disorder. With Dafen's past experiences of anti-social drinking, particularly in the Dafen Park and Pond areas, as well as street drinking outside some pubs the in summer months, we ask the question 'Would Dafen benefit from from a Designated Public Place Order too?'
Carmarthenshire council's first Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), covering an area including Elli, Tyisha and Glanymor, was approved by the county council after it was shown there was support for a DPPO to be used to supplement other police powers to tackle anti-social alcohol related drinking and disorder in public areas. DPPOs give police the power to stop someone drinking alcohol in a public place or confiscate it if the person is judged to be behaving - or likely to behave - anti-socially. Although it is not an offence to drink alcohol in a designated area, police have the power to tell people not to, and to order them to surrender alcohol. Failure to comply, without reasonable excuse, is an arrestable offence which could result in a fine of up to £500.
One possible consequence of enforcing this current DPPO in Llanelli is the displacement of street drinking to neighbouring areas. Although it is too soon to say, this could mean an increase in problems for neighbouring areas such as Dafen.
Dafen already has its share of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. A difficult problem which has been an ongoing priority for our local police team. Some of this relates to young people being drawn to particular areas of Dafen to experiment with alcohol and let off steam. Some of it relates to the litter of alcohol cans and bottles that are left behind (from drinkers of all ages). A DPPO for Dafen could give our police further powers to tackle these issues.
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