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Drinking alcohol banned in Boston town centre

Drinking alcohol in the street in Boston town centre will be illegal from today, after public consultation revealed "overwhelming support" for the introduction of the ban.

On Monday night Boston Borough Council agreed to be among the first in the country to introduce new legislation declaring the town centre a drink-free area.

Anyone found drinking alcohol in the designated area will be subject to arrest if, when requested by a police officer, they do not stop drinking or surrender the drink.

Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.

Initiative to encourage takeaways to sell healthier food

The HOT scheme aims to encourage takeaways to sell healthier food Credit: PA

A scheme to encourage takeaway food outlets to sell healthier food is being launched in Nottinghamshire today.

The Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) scheme will accredit takeaways in the county that take positive steps in how they prepare, cook and promote their food.

Qualifying outlets will be able to display HOT branding in their premises to let customers know they are offering healthier options.

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