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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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Put intoxicated in 'drunk tanks' says police chief

Drinkers who are incapable of looking after themselves should be put in privately-run drunk tanks, a police chief has said. Credit: PA

Drunken public disorder has become so bad privately-run drunk tanks should be considered as a way of tackling soaring levels of alcohol fuelled crime, a police chief has said.

Chief Constable Adrian Lee, the national policing lead on alcohol harm, did "not see why" police and health services should clean up after "someone who has chosen to go out and get so drunk that they cannot look after themselves".

He suggested taking intoxicated revellers to "a drunk cell" owned by a commercial company with staff trained in dealing with excessively drunk people and charge them in the morning.

His comments come amid a Government-wide review of all contracts held by Serco and G4S, two of the country's biggest private providers of public services.

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