Private 'drunk tanks' proposed

Special "drunk tanks" should be used to look after intoxicated people who are incapable of looking after themselves, instead of police and NHS, a chief constable has said. Drunk people would be charged for the service when they had sobered up.

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Minister: Alcohol turning cities into 'no-go areas'

The Government has thrown some support behind the campaign for privately-run drunk tanks used being used to house people so inebriated they can no longer look after themselves.

Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said "drunken behaviour" had turned some places into "no-go areas for law abiding people".

I welcome this campaign to raise awareness of the impact of alcohol-fuelled crime, which costs around £11 billion a year in England and Wales.

Frontline police officers are all too aware of the drunken behaviour and alcohol-fuelled disorder that can effectively turn towns and cities into no-go areas for law-abiding people, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

– Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne

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