As the local authority, we have powers to designate places where restrictions on public drinking apply. The areas are referred to as designated public place orders (DPPOs), but you may also hear them called 'alcohol free zones'.
If the police or accredited community safety officers believe someone is consuming alcohol or intends to consume alcohol in a DPPO area, they can:
If someone, without a reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the officer's request, they are committing an offence and further action can be taken. this can be:
The powers are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities, for example families having a picnic in a park or on the beach with a glass of wine. While police officers have the discretion to require an individual to refrain from drinking regardless of behaviour, guidance suggests that it is not appropriate to challenge an individual consuming alcohol where that individual is not causing a problem.